BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The first of what's expected to be many lawsuits has now beenfiled on behalf of a family who lost a loved one on Flight3407.
The sons of Susan Wehle of Amherst are suing three airlines andthe maker of the turboprop plane at the center of theinvestigation.
The lawsuit, filed in United States District Court, calls for anunspecified amount in damages.
The attorney says the crash of Flight 3407 was caused bynegligence from the airlines and pilot error.
Jonah and Jacob Mink lost their mother, Temple Beth Am cantorSusan Wehle, in the crash of Flight 3407.
On Thursday, they filed a wrongful death suit againstContinental Airlines, Pinnacle Airlines, Colgan Air, and BombardierAerospace.
Jonah and Jacob Mink's attorney Ronald Goldman said, "Theirmother, their sole support was taken from them, and it's importantfor them to move forward as rapidly as possible."
The National Transportation Safety Board investigation isn'tover, but Los Angeles attorney and pilot Ronald Goldman, says manyof their findings won't change.
He argues the turboprop should not have been flying in icyconditions, the de-icing boots were not effective, and the pilotshould not have been using auto pilot.
Goldman said, "The conduct in our opinion amounts to negligenceand we think those facts will not change no matter how long theNTSB takes."
Last week, Bombardier spokesman John Arnone said the Q 400turboprop is one of the safest planes out there, operating in everyweather condition, including ice.
Arnone said, "1.5 million take off and landing cycles around theworld; one million plus hours of flying virtually incidentfree."
Arnone will not comment on the lawsuit, saying their priority isto support the investigation of the NTSB in any way they can.
News 4 Legal Analyst Terry Connors says this lawsuit will be thefirst of many.
Connors said, "They should go forward to find out what happened,how it happened, why it happened, and to try to make sure it neverhappens again. Those are valid purposes for litigation and they'represent in this case."
Continental Airlines and Pinnacle Airlines, which operatesColgan Air, say they don't comment on pending litigation.
Susan Wehle's sons also had no comment about the lawsuit.
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