Settlement reached in only case to go to trial over 2009 plane crash into home outside Buffalo

Associated Press

A settlement has been reached in the only case to go to trial following a 2009 plane crash into a home outside Buffalo that killed 50 people.

The settlement was announced Thursday in state Supreme Court in Buffalo after more than a month of testimony.

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The wrongful death case was brought by the family of Douglas Wielinski (wil-IHN'-skee) against Continental Airlines, regional carrier Colgan Air and Colgan parent, Pinnacle Airlines, which operated Continental Connection Flight 3407. The commuter flight crashed into the Wielinskis' home in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence on the night of Feb. 12, 2009, killing 61-year-old Douglas Wielinski and all 49 people on the plane.

While the passengers' families settled their wrongful death lawsuits, Wielinski's widow, Karen Wielinski, took her case to trial.

The amount of the settlement wasn't disclosed.