Continental 3407 Plane Crash Makes Us Sad, Fearful


Yesterday was a very strange day near Newark, New Jersey, where Continental Flight 3407 originated. I live 7 miles from Newark International Airport in a town called Montclair, and what started as a balmy 50-degree spring day (in February!), turned into a dangerous windy mess by noon.

I don't mean a little wind. It was so windy here that streets were closed all over town because trees fell down and roofing shingles from our houses were flying around everywhere.

It was dangerous. I was frightened when I took my kids to the grocery store. I thought a sign from the shopping plaza was going to rip off and clock one of us in the head.

I can't help but wonder if yesterday's strange weather in the Northeast had something to do with this horrific tragedy. It's too early to tell. But I do know that another plane crash--the NYC US Airways 1549 crash happened less than a month ago 13 miles from my house--brings up irrational fears for me.

I take Continental out of Newark all the time to visit my parents.

And since the airport is close to my house, and planes fly over all the time, could a plane possibly wreck in our neighborhood in preparation for landing?

The fire blazing from a suburban home near Buffalo, New York, is nightmarish. I feel uneasy and sick just looking at it.

It's so sad that 49 people died in this as yet unexplained crash. Here is just one heartbreaking story from one of the victims' families, according to CNN:

"According to the Buffalo News newspaper, one of the crash victims, Beverly Eckert, was the widow of 9/11 terror attack victim Sean Rooney, a Buffalo native. Eckert was traveling to Buffalo for a weekend celebration of what would have been her husband's 58th birthday.

She also had planned to take part in presentation of a scholarship award at Canisius High School that she established in honor of her late husband, the newspaper reported.

Her sister, Sue Bourque, said that while the family had not yet received official confirmation of her sister's fate, the reality was settling in. 'We know she was on that plane," Bourque told the newspaper, "and now she's with him.'"

How does the news of this plane crash make you feel this morning? Is it making you feel scared?

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sunmo... sunmoonstars

For those of us near Buffalo, it's definately a weird and eery feeling today.  To see the family in the airport on the news, recognizing the names of places and the people on the TV.  It's weird.

I'm not more afraid of planes or anything.  but it's definately a reminder we are not in control, ever.  One man on ht eground died too.


Cafe... Cafe MicheleZ

I had to fly today and I was scared to death...I am already scared of flying as you know from the interview you did with me. Things like this does not help.

How horrible. My heart goes out to the families.

brwne... brwneyedmommy82

I live right next to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, about 10 miles from the crash site. It's unsettling, but I just want to reach out to those families and lend a helping hand. I wish there was something more that we can do. My in laws and my hubbys grandparents live off of Clarence Center Rd and my hubby's 72 year old gpa was up all night with his volunteer fire company in Swormville....right next to Clarence! All day, when I've stepped out to let our puppy out, you hear and see the planes land...only today it was difficult to watch all these planes! I looked up and could see JetBlue safely coming in....and then right behind was very weird! I wonder....why? Why did it have to crash? Why did 50 people have to die? The Lord works in mysterious ways! We're still awaiting the passenger manifest, and I pray that I don't know any names, but the truth is that Buffalo is a large city, but everyone knows someone, who knows someone....and I'm sure most people in this city will in one way, shape, or form know someone on that flight. I will keep praying for all of you ~ and remember, "If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it!" I know it's difficult to understand and it's the last thing you want to hear, but you have to have faith and keep strong during these times!

Minni... MinnieMouse8

I was so sad to hear this, my thoughts go out to all the family/friends of these people, its such a tragedy. And you can't do anything about it.

I'm so afraid to fly in planes but once or twice a year I do, and my heart just beats that this could be the day I die, I know I should think positive and I try but I guess if its my time, then I have no control at all.

I wish crashes wouldn't happen at all, like all of us wish to but my heart goes out to all these people, its so sad.

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