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Lawyer: Emails confirm pilot shortcomings in crash

BUFFALO — A lawyer for families suing over the 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 near Buffalo says newly released emails show the flight’s operator, Colgan Air, doubted its pilot’s ability to fly the plane six months before it crashed.

Attorney Hugh Russ says that despite the misgivings, Capt. Marvin Renslow was allowed to fly the Q400 plane one month after Colgan managers exchanged emails showing he failed to make a list of pilots promoted from a smaller Saab plane.

All 49 people aboard Flight 3407 and a man on the ground died when it crashed into a house in February 2009. Passengers’ families are suing the airlines in U.S. District Court in Buffalo.

Colgan parent Pinnacle Airlines says Renslow passed Colgan’s FAA-approved training program before being promoted.