Airlines, Plane Maker Sued over Crash in Upstate New York

March 2, 2009

Relatives of a passenger killed when a commuter plane crashed on a house in New York state are suing Continental Airlines and the flight’s operators.

The suit filed Thursday claims the plane had inadequate deicing equipment and an improperly trained crew. It appears to be the first lawsuit over the crash.

Investigators have not determined why Continental Connection Flight 3407 crashed Feb. 12 near Buffalo. Ice has been mentioned as a possibility.

The federal lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for the death of Susan Wehle. She was among 50 people killed.

The suit names Continental Airlines, Pinnacle Airlines, Colgan Air and aircraft maker Bombardier Aerospace.

The defendants had no immediate comment Friday.

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