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First lawsuit filed in plane crash

February 28, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Relatives of a passenger killed when a commuter plane crashed into a house outside Buffalo have sued Continental Airlines and the flight's operators, alleging the aircraft had inadequate de-icing equipment and an improperly trained crew.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Buffalo, appears to be the first litigation in the Feb. 12 crash. Continental Connection Flight 3407 plunged from the sky in icy weather, killing one occupant of the home in Clarence Center as well as all 49 people aboard the plane.

Investigators have not determined a cause, but ice and the crew's actions have been mentioned as possibilities.

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