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Originally published Friday, February 13, 2009 at 12:40 PM

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NY crash survivor: Watching TV, then roof fell in

The woman who survived a commuter plane crashing into her suburban Buffalo, New York, home says she and her daughter were watching television when the aircraft smashed through the roof, pinning them in the wreckage.

CLARENCE, N.Y. —

The woman who survived a commuter plane crashing into her suburban Buffalo, New York, home says she and her daughter were watching television when the aircraft smashed through the roof, pinning them in the wreckage.

Karen Wielinski (wil-IN'-skee) tells Buffalo radio station WBEN-AM that she was in the family room of her home in Clarence and her 22-year-old daughter Jill was upstairs.

Wielinski says she knew something was wrong when she heard a plane approaching and says, "The next thing I knew the ceiling was on me."

She says she managed to crawl out of a hole in the wreckage as fire erupted around her. Her daughter escaped in a similar manner.

Wielinski says she still hasn't been told of the fate of her husband, Doug, who was in another part of the house.

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