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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2009, Continental Airlines Flight 3407 operated by Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air, plane burns after it crashed into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y. Safety experts say airline travel has become so safe in the United States it�shard to justify imposing costly new safety rules on the economically fragile industry. It�s been 43 months since the last deadly domestic airline crash, on Feb. 12, 2009. That�s the longest period without a fatal accident since commercial aviation exp

Judge Allows Disputed Info in Flight 3407 Suits



BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Lawyers for families suing over the deadly 2009 crash of Flight 3407 near Buffalo have won access to an internal report that the airlines had fought to keep out of trial.
  
A federal judge also will allow testimony from a Federal Aviation Administration employee who, before the crash, had been critical of Colgan Air, the regional carrier that operated the Newark, N.J.-to-Buffalo flight for Continental.
  
The commuter flight stalled and crashed into a house in suburban Clarence in February 2009 in an accident investigators blamed on pilot error. All 49 people on board and a man in the house died.
  
The judge's decisions last week give lawyers for the passengers' families access to an internal audit of Colgan's operations commissioned after the crash.
  
The trial is expected to begin in March.

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