Lawyers in Court for Hearing on 3407 Crash

October 6, 2010 Updated Oct 6, 2010 at 3:56 PM EDT

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Lawyers in Court for Hearing on 3407 Crash

October 6, 2010 Updated Oct 6, 2010 at 3:56 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - 39 lawsuits have been filed as a result of the crash of Continental Flight 3407. At least five families of victims of that crash have settled their cases.

The lawsuits filed name Continental Airlines, Colgan Air and Bombardier, and lawyers say there could be more lawsuits filed and settlement agreements.

Before the trial can start, there are several questions to be decided. One of which is whether the cockpit recording will be played in court. That issue, among others were discussed in a court hearing Wednesday.

The recording in question captures the final moments of Flight 3407 before it crashed in Clarence Center in February of last year, killing all 49 people on board and one person on the ground. Judge William Skretny says he will decide by October 25 whether he will allow the recording to be played in court.

So far the families of John Fiore, George Abu Karam, Maddy Loftus, John G. Roberts III and Darren Tolsma have reached settlements for undisclosed amounts.

For those families moving forward to court, there is still a long road ahead. The deposition process has begun, which is part of the pre-trial discovery process that will involve intense scrutiny of airline safety practices.

Lawyers for the airlines did not comment after Wednesday's court proceedings. The trial is tentatively set to begin in March of 2012.