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Final federal lawsuit from crash of Flight 3407 settled

Published On: Apr 02 2014 03:01:24 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 02 2014 02:09:59 PM EDT

The final federal lawsuit filed after the crash of Continental Flight 3407 that killed 50 people, including a western New Jersey 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.

Jean Srnecz, from Clinton, Hunterdon Co., N.J., was among the passengers killed in the crash. She worked at Baker & Taylor, the world's largest book and entertainment distributor. According to Publisher's Weekly, Srnecz was on her way to visit family when the plane went down.

Lorin Mauer, a native of Sinking Spring, Berks Co., 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.