Deadly Buffalo plane crash under investigation

There is confusion over the cause of a commuter plane crash in the United States in which 50 people were...

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There is confusion over the cause of a commuter plane crash in the <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">United States</country-region> in which 50 people were killed.

Continental Airlines flight 3407 was on autopilot when it crashed into a house near Buffalo in <place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on"><state w:st="on">New Yorklast week.

Federal investigators suggested ice build-up may have contributed to the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Steven Chealander said that although they advise flying manually in icy conditions, the aircraft’s manufacturers think otherwise.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

“The only restriction they see, is disengage the autopilot in severe icing conditions. Well, we’ve seen so far was that, thus far we haven’t determined that it’s severe icing."