A Former CWU Student was Onboard The Plane That Crashed Thursday in New York
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- A graduate of Central Washington University's Department of Aviation was the first officer aboard Continental Airlines flight 3407 that crashed into a home near Buffalo, New York on Thursday, February 12th.
24 year old Rebecca Lynne Shaw of Maple Valley graduated from CWU in Fall 2007. She joined the airline in January 2008 and had flown more than 2,000 hours with the carrier.
Her family has gathered at her home. Shaw's husband is on the way to Buffalo. Her mother, Lynn Morris, says they heard at 4:30 a.m. that she was on the flight.
Morris says her daughter decided in her senior year in high school she wanted to fly." Morris says Shaw loved to fly and was an awesome pilot, adding, "We love her and miss her terribly."
Amy Hoover, chair of the CWU Department of Aviation, says the students are taking this news pretty hard.
All 49 persons on board the twin-engine plane and one person on the ground died in the crash.