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Final federal lawsuit from crash of Flight 3407 settled

Montgomery County man among 50 people killed in 2009 crash near Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The final federal lawsuit filed after the crash of Continental Flight 3407 that killed 50 people, including a Montgomery County native, 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.

Sean Lang, a 2007 graduate of North Penn High School in Montgomery County, was among the passengers killed in the crash. Lang, 19, was on his way to Buffalo to visit his girlfriend when the plane went down.

Lorin Mauer, a native of Sinking Spring, Berks Co., and Jean Smecz, from Clinton, Hunterdon Co., N.J., 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.

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