Families reflect 5 years after NY plane crash


CLARENCE, N.Y. (AP) — Relatives of passengers killed when a commuter plane stalled and fell into a western New York house five years ago will use the anniversary to acknowledge the outpouring of support they were too grief-stricken to appreciate in the immediate aftermath of the crash.

A memorial service for the passengers of Continental Connection Flight 3407 is planned for Wednesday, followed by a candlelight vigil at the crash site in Clarence, outside Buffalo.

All 49 people on board and a man in the house were killed in the crash. Investigators blame pilot error.

Surviving families have successfully lobbied for safety changes directed at regional carriers. They're promising to stick with their fight to make air travel safer.

The remaining wrongful death lawsuits are scheduled for trial later this year.

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