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Lawsuits end, questions linger about ’09 air crash


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — For five years, lawyers for families of those killed when a plane crashed into a house in western New York and the airlines they blame have prepared for trial.

But with the last of more than 40 federal wrongful death claims recently settled and talks ongoing in the few remaining state cases, a trial is increasingly unlikely.

That means any new details about the crash would remain unknown as documents filed under seal stay shielded from public view.

Fifty people died when Continental Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J., stalled and crashed onto a house in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence in 2009.

The lawsuits blame the pilots and flight’s operators, Continental Airlines, regional carrier Colgan Air and its parent, Pinnacle Air.

Unresolved state cases would be tried in November.