President Barack Obama issued the following statement on news that Continental Airlines Flight 3407 crashed near Buffalo, N.Y., killing all 49 passengers and at least one person on the ground.
"Michelle and I are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic accident outside of Buffalo last night. Our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones. 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. We pray for all those who have been touched by this terrible tragedy to find peace and comfort in the hard days ahead," said President Obama.

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