Air fatalities a rarity since ’01

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Feb. 12, 2009: A Continental Connection flight crashed into a house as it was preparing to land at the Buffalo, New York, airport. All 49 passengers and crew on board the Bombardier Dash 8 were killed, as was one person on the ground.

Aug. 27, 2006: A Delta Connection flight crashed on takeoff in Lexington, Kentucky, after the pilot lined up on the wrong runway, which was too short for the Bombardier Challenger 600. The captain, flight attendant and all 47 passengers were killed.

Dec. 19, 2005: An amphibious plane bound for the Bahamas crashed into a shipping channel after takeoff from the Miami Seaplane Base, killing all 18 passengers and two crew members on board.

Nov. 11, 2001: An American Airlines flight bound for the Dominican Republic crashed into a residential neighborhood shortly after takeoff from New York’s JFK airport. All 260 passengers and crew members on board the Airbus A300 were killed.