Disputed info allowed in 2009 airliner crash trial

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Lawyers for families suing over a deadly 2009 airliner crash near Buffalo have won access to an internal report that two airlines fought to keep out of trial.

A federal judge’s decision last week gives lawyers for the passengers’ families access to an audit of the operations of Colgan Air, the regional carrier that operated Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J., to Buffalo for Continental.

The commuter flight stalled and crashed into a house in suburban Clarence in February 2009. All 49 people on board and a man in the house died. Investigators blamed pilot error.

The judge’s decision also will allow testimony from a Federal Aviation Administration employee who had been critical of Colgan Air before the crash. The audit had been commissioned after the crash.

The trial is expected to begin in March.

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