Victim of Continental Connection crash sues airline, others


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Relatives of a passenger killed when a commuter plane crashed into a house outside Buffalo have sued Continental Airlines and the flight’s operators, claiming that the aircraft had inadequate de-icing equipment and an improperly trained crew.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, appears to be the first litigation resulting from the Feb. 12 crash in Clarence. Continental Connection Flight 3407 plunged from the sky in icy weather, killing one occupant of the home and all 49 people aboard.

The family of Susan Wehle, 55, of Amherst, N.Y., alleges negligence and wrongful death.

The suit names Continental, based in Houston; Pinnacle Airlines of Memphis and a subsidiary operating the flight, Colgan Air of Manassas, Va.; and Bombardier Aerospace, based in Montreal, which made the aircraft.