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Plane that crashed near Buffalo was on autopilot

A preliminary investigation revealed the commuter plane that crashed into a house near Buffalo, N.Y., was on autopilot when it went down.

According to the New York Times, the Bombardier Dash 8Q400 flying to Buffalo from New Jersey was reported to have landed on its belly and pointing in the opposite direction it was headed. The plane lost momentum and slowly fell, crashing into a house and killing the 49 on the plane as well as the owner of the house.

Severe icy weather requires pilots to operate the plane manually, said Steve Chealander, a National Transportation Safety Board member.

Chealander told the Associated Press removing the bodies will take a few days. DNA and dental records will be used to identify the remains.