Thirteen Plane Crash Cases Still Pending Three Years Later

by Monty Yolles on November 7, 2012


Airplane Crash Cases

Forty-nine passengers of NY Flight 3407 and one person on the ground were killed when the airplane crashed into a house in Clarence Center, New York on February 12, 2009.  Of the forty-two lawsuits filed, all but thirteen have settled out of court.  The lawsuits named Colgan Air and its parent Pinnacle Airlines, as well as codeshare partner Continental Airlines, the airplane’s manufacturer Bombadier, and FlightSafety International.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the crash and found pilot error to be the primary cause.  The airplane was en route from Newark, New Jersey, to Buffalo, New York, when it went into an aerodynamic stall.  The aerodynamic stall was caused by the pilot slowing the plane to a dangerously slow speed, then failing to follow standard procedures to recover the plane from the stall.  

In addition to filing lawsuits, families of the victims have lobbied for tougher government safety regulations and oversight of regional airline operations, safer operating procedures, and better working conditions for pilots of commuter planes.  It is a tragedy that lives must be lost to force the industry to put the safety of its passengers first, and our hearts go out to the victims still suffering through litigation.

If you or a family member has been injured, you may be eligible to receive compensation if the accident was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another. 

The Yolles Legal Group is dedicated to restoring people’s lives by helping accident victims recover monetary damages.  Monty Yolles, founder of The Yolles Legal Group, is an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can review your case and help you navigate the legal system on your road to recovery.  Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to

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