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Final federal lawsuit from crash of Flight 3407 settled

Berks County woman among 50 people killed in 2009 crash near Buffalo

Final federal lawsuit from crash of Flight 3407 settled

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The final federal lawsuit filed after the crash of Continental Flight 3407 that killed 50 people, including a Berks County woman, near Buffalo has now been settled.

The agreement reached Wednesday means there's no need for the federal trial scheduled for May 28.

Three lawsuits, however, are still pending in state court, and one or all of those could progress to trial.

The Newark, N.J.-to-Buffalo flight stalled and crashed into a house in Clarence in a 2009 accident investigators blamed on pilot error.

Lorin Mauer, a native of Sinking Spring and 1997 graduate of Wilson Senior High School, was among the passengers killed in the crash. She was working in the athletics department at Princeton University at the time of her death.

Jean Smecz, from Clinton, Hunterdon Co., N.J., and Sean Lang, a 2007 graduate of North Penn High School in Montgomery County, were also killed in the crash.

The passengers' families sued the airlines involved: Continental, along with Pinnacle Airlines and former subsidiary Colgan Air, the regional carrier that operated the flight.

Settlement amounts have not been disclosed.

Since the crash, Maurer's father, Scott, has been pushing Congress for airline safety reform.


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