The aeroplane was a Q400 Bombardier aircraft that was flying from Newark to Buffalo Niagra. It crashed into a suburban home at around 10pm, just ten miles from the airport in Buffalo. The reason for the crash is not yet known.
Update: A reader tipped us off that the Q400 had been previously banned in Scandinavia, after two crashes involving the plane – one in Lithuania and one in Denmark. In those cases, the landing gear had allegedly corroded. [AP]