Colgan Air – Bombardier – DHC8-400 (N-200WQ) flight CO3407

by | Feb 12, 2009 | Aviation Accident | 0 comments

Colgan Air - Bombardier - DHC8-400 (N-200WQ) flight CO3407

Tail of Colgan Air – DHC8-400 (N-200WQ) flight CO3407

On February 12, 2009, about 2217 eastern standard time, a Colgan Air, Inc., Bombardier DHC-8-400, N200WQ, operating as Continental Connection flight 3407, was on an instrument approach to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, Buffalo, New York, when it crashed into a residence in Clarence Center, New York, about 5 nautical miles northeast of the airport.

The 2 pilots, 2 flight attendants, and 45 passengers aboard the airplane were killed, one person on the ground was killed, and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postcrash fire.

The flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.


watch the 3D reconstruction of the last two minutes of Colgan Air flight CO3407.

  courtesy : National Transportation Safety Board  

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the captain’s inappropriate response to the activation of the stick shaker, which led to an aerodynamic stall from which the airplane did not recover.

contributing to the accident were flight crew’s failure to monitor airspeed

Contributing to the accident were

  • the flight crew’s failure to monitor airspeed in relation to the rising position of the lowspeed cue,
  • the flight crew’s failure to adhere to sterile cockpit procedures,
  • the captain’s failure to effectively manage the flight, and
  • Colgan Air’s inadequate procedures for airspeed selection and management during approaches in icing conditions


Download Report


Colgan Air – Bombardier – DHC8-400 (N-200WQ) flight CO3407

Tags related to this event: ApproachBombardierColgan AirColgan CenterDHC8IceStallSterile CockpitUSA
Event date: 20090212
Model: DHC8-400
Registration: N-900WQ
Location: Clarence center, New York

You may like to review this event, with a similar cause:

Scandinavian SAS – Mcdonnel Douglas – DC9-81 (MD81) (OY-KHO) flight SAS751

Scandinavian SAS flight SAS751 took off on 27 December 1991 at 0847 hrs from Stockholm/Arlanda airport. It had landed at Stockholm/Arlanda at approx 2210 hrs the previous day and had been parked outdoors overnight. Prior to takeoff the aircraft was de-iced. The...


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe our Newsletter !!
our promise : we will keep email down to a minumum.



Just make sure to check your inbox.
If you don't receive an email within 10 minutes, check also your spam folder.