The aviation accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are closely monitoring the events surrounding the crash of a small private aircraft into a California home on Monday, February 27. The 1974 Cessna T310Q, tail number N1246G light aircraft, registered to Nouri Hijazi of San Jose, CA struck a residence in Riverside, California, killing three onboard and injuring two others. The crash caused a fire that spread to multiple houses in the neighborhood. According to authorities, it was not immediately clear what caused the plane to go down.
The twin-engine airplane departed from Riverside Municipal Airport shortly before 4:41 p.m., the time of the crash. Its 5 passengers were returning to San Jose in Northern California after attending a cheerleading event at Disneyland in Anaheim. The 3 killed were identified late Wednesday night by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office as owner/pilot Nouri Hijazi, 83, Dana Hijazi, 67, and Adine Farelas, 22.
According to local Fire Chief Michael Moore, the plane split open after colliding with two homes located on the 6000 block of Rhonda Road. The two survivors, Stacy Joanne Pierce and Silvia Farelas, were found in critical condition inside the second house, which was otherwise unoccupied. They were taken to the Riverside Community Hospital and the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA, respectively. There were no victims apart from those inside the Cessna 310 airplane at the time of the accident.
"It's horrible, coupled together that they were going to a cheer competition," said Moore. "This is supposedly a happy time and then just to have a tragic incident like this, and into one of these Riverside residences, it's really a sad case for us."
According to witnesses, the pilot reportedly tried and failed to start the engines twice prior to takeoff, and then others said the aircraft seemed to rock back and forth as it rolled down the runway. The airplane had a full tank of fuel, compounding the effects of the resulting blaze. Firefighters responded to the emergency, which resulted in residents from 20 homes in the area being evacuated to a shelter.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are both onsite to investigate the crash. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor stated that the plane crashed “under unknown circumstances.”
The airplane crash attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman will continue to follow the events surrounding the Riverside general aviation plane crash and will update its website with any new information as it becomes available.
Bohrer & Lukeman is an aviation accident law firm with years of experience representing those injured or killed in general and commercial airplane accidents. Abe Bohrer, founder of the New York-based law firm, has successfully represented victims and their families in general and commercial plane crashes both domestically and internationally for over 25 years.
The airplane accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are monitoring three separate airplane crashes in each of which, the pilot of the general aviation aircraft fortunately survived. Between Saturday, February 4th, and Monday, February 6th, private airplanes crashed in Warren County, Mississippi, Fort Washington, Maryland, and Burke County, North Carolina. In each case, the pilot suffered non-permanent injuries. The aviation accident attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman are following the events surrounding these incidents.
On Saturday, February 4th, a small airplane crashed near the Mississippi River in Warren County, Mississippi. Pilot Howard Jennings, 59, of Utica, flew alone from a private landing strip to the river early Saturday afternoon. His family lost contact with him around 1 p.m., later notifying the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department around 7 p.m.
A search party dispatched Sunday morning found Jennings near his plane, a single-engine Piper Sandcub, which was upside-down in the Mississippi River. Accorded to the Federal Aviation Administration, Jennings was suffering from dehydration and hypothermia. He was flown to River Region Hospital in Vicksburg, MS. The FAA is investigating the details of the crash.
In an unrelated incident on Monday, February 6th, a single-engine Piper PA-32R-301 suffered a “hard landing” near Potomac Air Field in Fort Washington, Maryland.
After receiving a 911 call from pilot Gerald Kempen, 64, the Prince George Fire Department dispatched a crew of emergency responders to the crash site. Mark Brady, spokesman for the department, tweeted at 11:52 a.m. that they had discovered the “walking wounded pilot” in the vicinity.
Kempen was disoriented and suffering short-term memory loss. He was taken to the local trauma center to recover.
State and federal authorities are investigating the crash. There were no signs of fire or hazardous materials related to the event.
In another incident Monday, a super-modified Beechcraft T-6 airplane crashed in Burke County, North Carolina. John Shell Sr., 84, was piloting the single-engine turboprop aircraft when it encountered mechanical issues around 5 p.m. leading to its crash. The plane burst into flames along Jamestown Road in Morganton, near Silver Creek Airport.
Bystanders who witnessed the crash dragged Shell from the wreckage.
"I heard it sputtering out of control,” said Tyler Woodard, one of the bystanders. “I immediately took off running and I didn't think nothing else about it, and me and another gentleman dragged him out."
Shell was found walking around the crash site, but does not have memory of the incident, according to his son. He was taken to the Morganton hospital for examination.
As of Tuesday morning, FAA investigators are on location investigating the cause of the crash.
The plane crash attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman will continue to monitor these three non-fatal general aviation crashes and report any new information on its website as it is released. Abe Bohrer, lawfirm founder, weighed in on the incredible good fortune of these three pilots. “These are three lucky guys,” Said aviation attorney Bohrer. “It is very unusual to have three such serious crashes and three pilots survive, which is most important. However, their survival tremendously helps investigators in their job of determining the causes of each airplane crash. These pilots can identify the location of important records such as logs and maintenance records, give first hand accounts of the events leading up to the crash, and ultimately help the NTSB and FAA make aviation safer.”
Bohrer & Lukeman is an aviation accident law firm based in New York with years of experience focusing on general aviation aircraft accidents. The law firm’s founder, Abe Bohrer, has successfully represented clients both domestically and internationally that were injured in aviation accidents. The aircraft crash law firm is knowledgeable in general and commercial aviation accidents.
Airplane crash attorneys Bohrer & Lukeman are continuing to monitor the November 18 air ambulance crash in Elko, Nevada that left four dead. The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report regarding the general aviation accident. According to the report, the Piper PA-31T "Cheyenne II" aircraft, registered N779MF, crashed and was destroyed upon impact with the ground following a “loss of control during initial climb” from the Elko Regional Airport at 1920 PST. The crash occurred .5 miles from the end of the departure runway.
According to eyewitness testimony, the twin-engine emergency service airplane made a sudden left turn after takeoff. The air ambulance ceased to climb, followed by a steep descent into the parking lot of Barrick Gold Corp. The turbine-powered “Cheyenne II” exploded on impact, setting fire to several vehicles. A number of secondary explosions followed due to the combustion of compressed medical gas bottles that were onboard, the NTSB reported. The pilot, two medical staff, and patient suffered fatal injuries.
The American Med Flight emergency service aircraft was being operated as an “instrument flight rules (IFR) air transport medical flight” under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. The Federal Aviation Administration flight plan was “filed but had not been activated.”
The routine weather report generated by Elko Regional Airport shortly before 1900 hours recorded clear skies with visibility up to 10 miles. Weather conditions do not appear to have been a factor in the crash.
The preliminary report can be read here:
The NTSB is continuing its investigation into the causes of the crash which resulted in the wrongful death of its four occupants. The salvaged wreckage has been moved to a safe location for further examination; details about the plane’s engine and airframe are expected to be forthcoming.
The airplane crash attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman will continue to follow this Elko general aviation accident as further developments emerge. The law firm, founded by Abram Bohrer, has offices in New York and New Jersey and over 25 years of experience focusing on the representation of people seriously injured and killed in aviation accidents and airplane crashes both domestically and internationally.
Aviation accident and airplane crash law firm Bohrer & Lukeman will update its website at www.flightinjury.com with any further updates from the Elko medical transport crash.
The aviation accident attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman are closely following the crash of a chartered plane outside Medellin, Colombia on Monday, November 28th. The British Aerospace 146 was transporting a first division Brazilian soccer team when it crashed into a hillside, killing 75 of the 81 people onboard. Amazingly, there were six survivors. Sadly, one of the original survivors died at the hospital a short time later.
The cause of the crash is unknown and currently under investigation, according to civil aviation officials. The airplane crash lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are monitoring the events surrounding this short-haul airliner accident.
The BAe 146 aircraft, also known as the Avro RJ85, was en route from Santa Cruz, Bolivia to Medelin, Colombia at the time of the accident. The airplane was carrying the Chapecoense soccer team to a semifinal match against the Colombian club team Atletico Nacional as part of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana tournament.
Soccer fans in particular were shocked by the news, as the small-town Brazilian team had risen to prominence in recent years to become the unexpected frontrunners of the international athletic contest.
“It’s a Cinderella football story. They’ve only been in the top division in Brazil for the last couple of years,” said Keir Radnedge of World Soccer magazine on Tuesday. “The dream was over this morning.”
According to aviation authorities, six passengers survived the crash, including three players, two crewmembers and a journalist. Rescue workers pulled the survivors from the wreckage late Monday night. The other victims, including 7 crewmembers and 20 members of the media, were found dead on arrival.
Satellite images show that intermittent thunderstorms had moved across the area in the 12 hours previous to the crash. According to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy, turbulence caused by these storms likely affected the chartered airliner.
Investigators discovered the aircraft’s black boxes Tuesday afternoon, according to Colombia’s civil aviation authority. The two boxes, one that monitors and records all of the aircraft’s data, and the other, a cockpit voice recorder, will be taken to lab where technicians will attempt to download and review their contents. Once the data is in hand, the investigators will have a better picture as what caused this terrible tragedy.
The airplane crash attorneys at the Bohrer & Lukeman law firm will continue to monitor all developments associated with the investigation. Attorney Abe Bohrer is familiar with the Avro, and has been involved with this type of aircraft in previous litigations. “It is a high wing design with four engines, two on each wing. It was built from 1983-2002 and was typically used in short haul and regional markets. It is was prevalent in Europe and the center of many regional carrier’s fleets” Stated Bohrer. He went on to comment.. “Look, there are a lot of these aircraft out there and still flying, so these authorities need to quickly determine the likely cause of this crash to see if this tragedy was caused by the maintenance or piloting of this individual aircraft, or due to a design flaw which would require a careful look at the entire fleet of these airplanes by their respective carriers and operators.”
Bohrer & Lukeman is a New York-based aviation accident law firm with over 25 years of experience focused on commercial and general aviation and aircraft accidents. The aviation law firm’s founder, Abe Bohrer, has successfully represented clients both domestically and internationally that were injured in aviation accidents.
The aircraft crash law firm is knowledgeable in airplane, airline, and aviation accidents and will update its website www.flightinjury.com with any developments from the Colombian airplane crash.
The aviation accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are monitoring the crash of a fixed wing air ambulance in Elko, Nevada on Friday, November 18. The emergency service aircraft was carrying a heart disease patient to a hospital in Utah when it crashed in a parking lot, killing all four people onboard. The aviation accident attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman are closely following the events surrounding this general aviation accident.
CNN affiliate KRNV reported that the Piper PA 31 twin engine aircraft had just taken off from Elko Regional Airport and was headed to Salt Lake City, Utah when it crashed in the parking lot of a mining company in Elko, Nevada. Allen Kenitzer of the FAA Office of Communications stated that the cause of the airplane crash was unknown at this time.
Lt. Rich Genseal of the Elko police claimed that the American Medflight air ambulance appears to have “experienced mechanical problems” shortly after take-off, causing it to lose altitude and crash.
Elko Fire Chief Matt Griego stated, “There was not a lot left of the aircraft.”
The twin-engine airplane caused multiple explosions when the crash occurred, killing its patient and three crewmembers. The Elko Police Department has identified the victims as patient Edward Clohesey, pilot Yuji Irie, and medical staff Jake Shepherd and Tiffany Urresti.
The explosions caused several vehicles to catch fire in the parking lot of the Barrick Gold Corp. mining company. According to the Elko Daily Free Press, the flames were visible from neighboring locations, including a senior housing complex, casino, and motel.
American Medflight released a statement late Friday night asking for patience with the investigation process and to honor the privacy of the family members and co-workers affected by the accident.
"We are cooperating fully with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration as they investigate the accident,” read the statement.
This is at least the third emergency air ambulance flight to result in a fatal crash since March, when a medical helicopter crashed in Coffee County, Alabama, killing all four passengers. In July, a Piper Cheyenne crashed in Northern California, killing three crew members and one patient.
Abram I. “Abe” Bohrer, an airplane crash lawyer at Bohrer & Lukeman, has closely followed the air ambulance industry and lamented about its safety record in the past. “Air ambulance crashes in this country are becoming all too common, said Bohrer. “These pilots log long hours, in poor weather conditions and challenging terrain. But more disturbingly, their management is pushing them to fly in conditions where the motivation is revenue. Whenever profit trumps air safety, the outcome is devastating.”
The aviation accident attorneys at the Bohrer & Lukeman law firm will closely monitor any developments associated with the investigation by the NTSB and FAA.
The New York-based law firm has 25 years of experience in general aviation, airplane crash, and aircraft accident law. Firm founder Abe Bohrer is an aircraft accident lawyer with an extensive understanding of airplane crash litigation. He has successfully represented countless clients involved in airplane crashes and airplane accidents, domestically and internationally.
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The accident and injury lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman have been closely monitoring the events unfolding around yesterday's tragic Metro-North derailment and crash which claimed the lives of four passengers and injured scores of others. It was no surprise when the New York Times reported earlier today that the train was traveling in excess of 80 miles per hour as it entered the curve. We are assuming that these findings are based on downloads from the train's blackbox which was retrieved shortly after the crash.
No conclusions have been drawn as of yet to determine whether the speed was due to a mechanical malfunction or human error.
We will continue to provide updates as we are made aware of them and reiterate our prayers and condolences to the families of those lost and injured.
The aviation accident and in-flight airline injury attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman have commenced a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against Austrian Airlines and its parent company Lufthansa on behalf of a passenger who suffered serious and permanent injuries as a result of the aircraft's encounter with a significant weather system approximately 20 minutes after take-off.
The turbulence event was reported in the media which documented the pilot's decision to fly directly into the weather system rather than seek a smoother route. The injured passenger, although seatbelted, struck her head against the side of the aircraft interior multiple times during the turbulence and suffered multiple injuries.
The lawsuit, commneced pursuant to the Montreal Convention governing international air travel seeks damages for the passenger's pain and suffering, lost wages and past and future medical expenses.
Bohrer & Lukeman is an aviation and airline liability law firm with offices in New York and New Jersey that represents passengers and travelers injured on both international and domestic commercial airline flights throughout the United States and the world.
The aviation accident and airline injury attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman have been retained in connection with serious injuries suffered by a passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 23 en route from Newark to Dublin on October 20th 2013. The severe turbulence incident was reported by various media outlets after the aircraft reportedly dropped several thousand feet while on approach to Dublin. http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/severe-turbulence-injures-8-united-passengers-sends-1-hospital-8C11422538
According to printed news accounts, "We hit a pretty bad downdraft and we have some passengers hurt so we need some ambulances to meet the flight," the pilot said to air traffic control after encountering the rough air, according to air traffic control audio.Later, the co-pilot added, "It might be as many as six or seven people so might need a couple of ambulances."
Bohrer & Lukeman has monitored this in flight accident since it occurred and is continuing our investigation into the cause of this in flight accident.
On October 23, 2013, a relic World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane crashed in Galveston Bay in Texas killing its pilot and only passenger. The crash was reported by a nearby boat captain, and authorities found the wreckage and bodies at a point in the bay where the water was only four feet deep. The passenger paid $2,000 to fly in the P-51 while visiting Texas from the United Kingdom with his wife for their 41st wedding anniversary. At the time of the crash, the pilot was not in communication with air-traffic controllers, according to an FAA spokesperson. The cause of the crash is still unknown. The aviation lawfirm of Bohrer & Lukeman continues to monitor details of the investigation.
The airplane crash lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are also monitoring the progress of the investigation into the September 29, 2013 crash of a twin-engine Cessna Citation crashed while landing at Santa Monica Airport in California killing all four of its passengers. Upon touching down, the jet veered off the runway and collided with a nearby hangar. Investigators initially suspected that worn out landing gear played a role in the crash, but the NTSB found no signs of unusual wear or tire problems upon a preliminary review. According to the NTSB, the jet’s pilot “did not express over the radio any problems prior to or during the landing.” The family of one deceased passenger has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the pilot’s estate and the aircraft’s management company alleging that the pilot failed to maintain proper control over the plane, failed to undertake the necessary actions to achieve a safe flight, acted unreasonably in the landing of the plane, and failed to maintain the aircraft with proper repairs.
On average, medical air transport crashes cause 10.5 fatalities per year in the United States, so two air ambulance crashes and five deaths in a four-week span is cause for alarm. The air ambulance and medical helicopter accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman are monitoring the events unfolding regarding these two tragic air ambulance crashes.
The first of the two occurred October 22, 2013, when a medical helicopter en route to pick up a sick child crashed and burned in a wooded area in Somerville, Tennessee killing a pilot and two hospital workers. A National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) preliminary report noted that minutes before the crash, the pilot made an abrupt right turn to the south, which took the helicopter off its planned course. An NTSB final report is expected within nine months to a year. No lawsuits have been filed to date.
On November 19, 2013, an emergency medical transport Learjet en route to Mexico crashed one mile off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida just five minutes after takeoff. According to news sources, the pilot reportedly issued a May Day call and sought permission to return to the runway due to a “mechanical problem,” but the jet ultimately plunged into the ocean leaving no known survivors. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.
After thirteen medical helicopter crash fatalities occurred in the first few months of 2010, the NTSB held a public hearing and called on the FAA to develop new safety criteria and training programs for medical transport pilots. The board recommended introducing night-vision imaging instruments and mandatory systems that would alert pilots to terrain conditions. It is unclear how widely these recommendations have been implemented to date but our air ambulance crash lawyers continue to monitor the changes in the industry and support the call for renewed safety rules and oversight.
Aviation accidents have seen an unusual spike in volume in recent weeks, and aviation and airplane crash lawyers at the law firm Bohrer & Lukeman have been monitoring the details surrounding these events closely. Since late September 2013, there have been numerous fatal crashes, emergency landings, and close calls involving private jets, regional commuters, and helicopters. Such tragedies are all the more devastating when hindsight shows they could have been prevented. The aviation accident and airplane crash attorneys at Bohrer and Lukeman continue to promote aviation safety to protect the rights of airline passengers and air travelers not only in New York and New Jersey, but globally.
Aviation lawfirm Bohrer & Lukeman is monitoring the events surrounding the crash landing of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) this past Saturday, July 6th. The rear of the Boeing 777 appeared to strike the seawall just short of the runway as it was on final approach. Reports streaming in from eyewitnesses and initial accounts suggest that the aircraft's speed and altitude were well below the minimum operational limits necessary to safely fly, control and land the aircraft.
Early reports suggest that the aircraft's stick shaker was activated indicating a warning of the aircraft's potential to stall.
Airplane crash lawyers Bohrer & Lukeman, which has previously successfully litigated against Asiana Airlines, is closely following the investigation of the National Transportation Safety Board as well as facts being reported by news media.
As aviation attorneys who frequently represent passengers in international airplane accidents, we are familiar with the Montreal Convention and the role that it will play in this air disaster. Attorneys seeking to represent clients in connection with the crash of Asiana flight 214 should be forewarned about the pitfalls of the Montreal Convention and the effect that it will have on potential claims of passengers.
We will continue to post updates to this blog as more information becomes available.
The airline and airplane accident injury lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman have settled a lawsuit on behalf of a young child burned aboard an international airliner after the flight attendant placed a cup of scalding hot coffee on a defective tray that caused it to spill.
The lawsuit, which requires court approval due to the passenger's age, came as a relief to the child's parents, as they were spared having to testify in court and force their small child to show her burns to a jury.
The confidential settlement will provide an element of relief to the child for the ordeal that she went through.
The New York and New Jersey aviation accident lawyers and attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman continue to fight for the rights of injured airline passengers throughout the United States
A Beechcraft Premier I twin engine jet crashed into a South Bend Indiana suburban neighborhood yesterday killing two and injuring two others aboard. The small corporate jet was headed from Tulsa Oklahoma to South Bend when the pilot reprted an electrical problem on final approach. According to witnesses, the pilot aborted the landing and circled around when he lost control of the aircraft which plummeted into a series of homes.
The aircraft was reportedly owned by Wesley Caves of Tulsa Oklahome and piloted by Steven Davis, a former Oklahoma Sooners star quarterback, both of whol reportedly perishes in the crash. News reports two others seriously injured at a local hospital.
In the coming weeks and months the NTSB will retrieve and store the wreckage, and conduct a series of inspections, tests and simulations to determine the cause of the fatal crash.
The aviation accident and injury attorneys at Bohrer & Lukeman are actively following this story and the investigation that will follow.
The Airplane and Airport Accident and Injury lawyers at flight injury.com have been retained by a passenger who had a scalding hot beverage poured onto her by a United Airlines flight attendant during an international flight.
The matter is currently under investigation and more details are to follow.
Bohrer & Lukeman is pleased to announce that it has reached a confidential settlement on behalf of an American traveler who was seriously injured in a fall at the international airport in Dubai. The passenger, a man from New York slipped and fell on a wet floor outside of a maintenance closet and suffered serious injuries to his knee.
The passenger originally consulted with other attorneys who told him that there was no jurisdiction over the airport operator in the United States and that a lawsuit could not be brought against them here.
The injured passenger then contacted the airport and airplane accident and injury lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman who explained to him that the Montreal Convention made it possible for him to bring his claim for injuries in the United States. His claim settled within months.
If you or a loved one have been injured on an airplane or in an airport, call the airport and airplane accident and injury lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman for a consultation today. There is no charge to speak to us and there is never a legal fee unless we recover money for you.
The New York, New Jersey airplane and airport accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman have filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court in New Jersey against ExpressJet on behalf of a child who was scalded by a hot beverage during the final leg of a transcontinental flight. This action was brought pursuant to the Montreal Convention, an international treaty which regulates air carrier liability in the event of passenger injury. The lawsuit alleges that the airline and its flight crew are liable for the accident which caused the child’s injuries and seeks damages for the physical and psychological trauma suffered as a result.
Bohrer & Lukeman is a lawfirm of airplane, airline and airport accident and injury lawyers dedicated to the representation of passengers injured in airline, airplane and airport accidents throught the United States and internationally.
The Manhattan aviation lawfirm of Bohrer & Lukeman has filed a lawsuit in the federal court in Brooklyn on behalf of a passenger injured in the 2011 crash landing of Caribbean Airliner in Guyana.
The action entitled Johnson v. Caribbean Airlines, LTD was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on January 10, 2013. It was consolidated into Multi District Litigation(MDL) entitled AIR CRASH AT GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, ON JULY 30, 2011
which has joined together other lawsuits filed around the country regarding this airline crash.
The lawsuit, brought pursuant to the Montreal Convention, alleges that the airline and its pilots were negligent in failing to properly land the airliner thus causing the crash. It seeks damages for both physical and emotional injuries suffered by the passenger as a result of the crash landing of the Boeing 737 which overshot the runway in rain and poor visibility.
By LARRY NEUMEISTER and RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI
CLARENCE, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators finished gathering human remains at the site of last week's catastrophic plane crash outside Buffalo and turned their attention to analyzing the weather, data from the scene and black-box recorders, the crew and accounts from other pilots who flew nearby on the night of the accident.
One possible cause being examined is whether the pilot of Continental Connection Flight 3407 may have overreacted by pulling back on the plane's controls after an automatic safety system, sensing dangerously slow airspeed, tried to push the nose downward to gain speed and avoid losing lift. By pulling back and adding power to try to prevent the stall, the pilot may have doomed the plane.
Asked Monday whether that scenario was possible, Steve Chealander, a National Transportation Safety Board member, repeatedly said it was.
Keith Holloway, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said it is still too early to definitively say what brought the plane down.
"We have not concluded anything," he said Wednesday morning.
Flight 3407 was only about 1,600 feet above the ground at the time and aviation safety experts said this week that it might have been too low to dive out of a stall condition.
"Things happened so quickly, and they were so low to the ground, that it would not have mattered if Chuck Yeager and Neil Armstrong were flying the plane; there wouldn't have been a different outcome," said Kirk Koenig, president of Expert Aviation Consulting of Indianapolis and a commercial aviation pilot for 25 years.
The pilot's actions are being scrutinized to determine whether he could have acted differently to prevent the plane from crashing onto a home on Thursday. All 49 people on board the aircraft and one person on the ground were killed.
So far, the NTSB has not found anything mechanically wrong with the plane or that the pilot violated any flying regulations.
However, the pilot did not disengage the autopilot after encountering what was noted to be "significant ice" — disregarding recommendations from the NTSB and his own airline. In addition, as in every crash, Capt. Marvin Renslow's experience and training will be closely studied.
Renslow had amassed 110 hours of flying experience on the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400. He also had thousands of hours flying a similar, smaller turboprop plane, which experts say would have prepared him for handling the aircraft in icy weather.
The NTSB will look into the type of training the pilots received, how they performed, how many hours they flew in the seven days before the crash, how much rest they had and what they did in the 72 hours before the accident, Chealander said. That includes a look at whether they drank any alcohol or took drugs.
Another NTSB investigator will study whether the wintry weather played a role in the crash, while still others will interview pilots who recently flew with Renslow, 47, of Tampa, Fla., and the first officer, Rebecca Lynne Shaw, 24, of Seattle.
The full investigation is expected to last at least a year.
The flight, operated by Colgan Air, was about six miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport and on autopilot when it became uncontrollable, pitching sharply up and down and side to side before smashing into the home and bursting into flames.
NTSB investigators have focused on the icy conditions in which the plane was flying, noting the crew took a cautious approach by engaging deicing equipment 11 minutes after leaving Newark, N.J. However, investigators have stopped short of saying ice caused the crash, noting there are endless possibilities.
Colgan Air, based in Manassas, Va., did not return a call Tuesday seeking comment on training procedures. Renslow had 3,000 hours of flying experience with Colgan over 3 1/2 years, which is nearly the maximum a pilot can fly over that period of time under government regulations.
Johnny Summers, a pilot on a Boeing 737 who also has flown turboprop planes, said flying in ice is fairly routine. Planes are designed for it, and pilots train for it.
Summers recalled that a few years ago, while flying a Twin Otter into Colorado Springs, he was forced to land because of severe ice. The ice made the plane too heavy to climb to a higher altitude to escape the bad weather, he said.
He could not remember whether the crew turned off the autopilot but said all deicing and anti-icing equipment was immediately turned on. That aircraft was a twin-engine turboprop that seats eight, while the Dash 8 seats 74.
"I wasn't nervous about it," Summers said. "It's not that spooky of a thing."