National Transportation Safety Board

Washington, DC 20594

May 8, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board today released

additional information about the Board’s scheduled public

hearing on the crash of the Colgan Air Dash-8 near Buffalo,

New York. 

The three-day hearing will convene at 9:00 a.m. on May 12,

2009 at the NTSB’s Board Room and Conference Center, 429

L’Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C.  The room is lighted

for television and a mult box is provided for sound.  

On February 12, 2009, about 10:17 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

(EST), a Colgan Air Inc., Bombardier Dash 8-Q400, N200WQ,

d.b.a. Continental Connection flight 3407, crashed during an

instrument approach to runway 23 at the Buffalo-Niagara

International Airport (BUF), Buffalo, New York.  All 49 persons on

board were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed by

impact forces and post crash fire.  There was one ground



The Safety Board will also open the public docket at the

start of the hearing.  The public may view and download the

docket contents on the web under the “FOIA Reading Room” at

http://www.ntsb.gov/Info/foia_fri-dockets.htm at that time.


The information being released is factual in nature and does

not provide analysis or the probable cause of the accident.

The docket will include investigative group factual reports,

interview transcripts, Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR)

transcripts, Flight Data Recorder (FDR) data and other

documents from the investigation. In addition, docket items

that will be used as exhibits during the public hearing will

be available on the website under “Public Hearings”

 The hearing, which is part of the Safety Board’s efforts to

develop all appropriate facts for the investigation, will

cover a wide range of safety issues including: 


*     Icing effect on the airplane’s performance

*     Cold weather operations

*     Sterile cockpit rules,

*     Crew experience, fatigue management

*     Stall recovery training