Well, it is 00:40 EST and I just finished cleaning up a silly mess of broken glass from the floor while walking from the bedroom back to the kitchen to refill my water glass.

As I was muttering about the mess, putting a little bandaid over the miniscule little scratch on my foot and trying to keep Lady Grey (cat, not resident Princess) I thought to myself.. it could be worse.

Naturally, I twittered my mishap.

Then I saw a tweet about a Continental Express plane crashing in Upstate New York.

Continental CO 3407 in flames

Continental CO 3407 in flames (David Dupre, AP)

In the past, I would have turned to the MSM, such as checking CNN, MSNBC or the like online or on the TV. Instead, I turned to Twitter… crowdsourcing works.

You can read Twitter for 3407 (and you can try the search term CO3407 too)

Of course, eyewitness or webwitness reports (i.e. Twitter) are notoriously unreliable, but once there is critical mass, data tends to gel into information.

I’m back off to sleep, but thus far it appears to be Continental Express flight CO3407, which was flying from Newark to Buffalo. It was a codeshare flight operated by Colgan Air and a De Havilland DHC-8-400 Dash 8/8Q apparatus.

In a chilling bit of “delay tracking” the online flight tracking service FlightStats.com shows flight CO3407 as being “landed” albeit 117 minutes late….

It doesn’t look good – 50 dead or so. Unfortunately this is not going to be the Miracle on the Hudson. The FAA has confirmed that there were 44 passengers and 4 crew members on board.

Suddenly, my broken glass seems so trivial.