"I'm thinking the worst and thinking about the fact that my mother has to fly home from Florida and what I'm going to tell my two sons, that's what I'm thinking," said Kausner.
Kausner said his sister had been flying home from Jacksonsville, Fla., where she attended law school.
Larry Kellner, the chairman and CEO of Continental Airlines, released a statement early Friday morning.
"Continental extends its deepest sympathy to the family members and loved ones of those involved in this accident," said Kellner. "We are providing our full assistance to Colgan Air so that together we can provide as much support as possible for all concerned."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family members and loved ones of those involved in the flight 3407 tragedy," Kellner added.
"As we continue to monitor the situation in the Town of Clarence, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were on board, and with the people of the Buffalo metropolitan area," said Paterson. "We will work closely with law enforcement and aviation officials to give families, loved ones and the public updated information as it becomes available."
This is the most fatal plane crash since Comair Flight 5191 crashed while taking off from Lexington, Ky., in August 2006, killing 49 of the 50 passengers on board.
At least twelve homes in the surrounding area have been evacuated since the crash and neighbors have gone to stay with neighbors or friends and family because of initial hazmat concerns due to the amount of fuel on the plane at the time of the crash, police say.
Family members of flight 3407 passengers and crew should contact the airline at 1-800-621-3263.