February 13th, 2009
09:35 AM ET
6 years ago

Obamas 'deeply saddened' by plane crash

 Continental Airlines Flight 3407 crashed into a house in Clarence Center, New York, late Thursday.
Continental Airlines Flight 3407 crashed into a house in Clarence Center, New York, late Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama issued a statement early Friday, saying he and his wife were "deeply saddened" over last night's deadly plane crash outside Buffalo.

"Our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones," the statement said. "We pray for all those who have been touched by this terrible tragedy to find peace and comfort in the hard days ahead."

Related: Plane crashes into suburban Buffalo home; 50 killed

There was a fire station located down the street from the crash, which allowed rescue crews to reach the scene quickly. Two firefighters suffered smoke inhalation and other minor injuries trying to extinguish the massive blaze.

"I want to thank the brave first responders who arrived immediately to try and save lives and who are continuing to ensure the safety of everyone in the area," the Obama statement said.


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  1. yuri

    After the "Hudson Miracle" in Jan. '09, this was a rude bolt from the blue. May the departed souls rest in peace and may the Lord bestow strength and bravery on the relatives of those deceased.

    February 13, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Tony

    Does CNN really need to track every since thing that Obama says? This isn't a dig on Obama since any half-way decent people would be saddened by this, but CNN is deliberately cluttering the political ticker with non-stimulus posts.

    February 13, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Heart of Carolina

    Hats off to the brave firefighters. They make up part of the heart of the USA, bravery in the face of danger.

    February 13, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Deb

    The American people prayers are with those who are have been struck with such sadness

    February 13, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. dan in Tucson

    This crash seems very suspicious to me because of who was on that plane. A 9/11 conspiracy advocate. What caused this crash anyway? Doesn't seem to be any reports on that yet.

    February 13, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Griff

    Who was in Control of the Flight? Did Pilot "change-over of controls," too late?

    February 13, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    Oh yeah! I bet he is.

    February 13, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Sue PA

    @Tony February 13th, 2009 12:31 pm ET......What in the H_LL are you Talking about .......Unlike Bush Regarding Katrina .....President Obama CARES!!!! You would Think That thisTragedy would stop the hatred

    February 13, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Cnn keep doing your JOb because the LOrd is JUdge of all. He knows everyones heart.

    February 13, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Jane NY

    @TONY CAN'T YOU PUT YOUR HATRED FOR THE PRESIDENT IN YOUR POCKET......unlike Bush and Katrina.... President Obama cares about about the American People including You !!!!

    February 13, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. lr

    no words in the whole universe can lessen the pain of those who lost loved ones. What anyone can only do is to say how terrible we feel, how sorry we are...how sad we are....
    I feel for all those who suffer, even when it is not possible to lessen the pain....
    I am so sorry for all the pain any human has to go through...

    February 13, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. oumarou idrissa

    I m deeply sad about this crash I. M praying for all those who lost their love one allah bless them in heaven

    February 13, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. Folagbade yisa

    May god save those who is in the hospital amen

    February 13, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. Fola

    I pray for those who is in the hospital that god will savewthem amen

    February 13, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |