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Families Remember the Lives Lost on Flight 3407 in Buffalo, New York

by Kristen Dahlgren
NBC News

At a church just outside of Buffalo, fifty white roses, one for each of the victims of Flight 3407, many placed by firefighters who rushed into the burning wreckage that night.

"The loss of a life is the equivalent to the loss of an entire world." That's how Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein addressed mourners at a memorial service on Monday.

For some families, the hope was that seeing the crash site might help in that healing.

Dozens of relatives boarded buses and were given their first look at the wreckage.

As investigators continue to look for answers about what went wrong.

A NTSB official said they took a break from sifting through the wreckage to let the victim's families grieve at the crash site.

"We stood down our crews and got out of the sight and allowed them the opportunity to go in and pay their respects," NTSB Spokesman Steven Chealander, said.

New evidence shows the plane dropped 800 feet in just five seconds, pitching and rolling as those on board would have felt g-forces up to twice what is normal.

"We've got a long way to go to figure out what took airplane down," Chealander added.

The biggest questions may be why the pilots talked about ice buildup when the plane's de-icing system had been running for most of the flight..

And whether the crew should have been using autopilot when the flight's operator- Colgan Air- requires pilots to fly manually if there is severe icing.

So, for now the investigation continues, as families and a community continue their search for some comfort.

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