Judge Rules on Evidence in 3407 Trial

September 3, 2013 Updated Sep 3, 2013 at 6:16 PM EDT

By Jason Gruenauer

September 3, 2013 Updated Sep 3, 2013 at 6:16 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) While the fight continues in Washington for tougher airline safety, families of victims of Flight 3407 are now prepping for a battle in the courtroom.

US District Court Judge William Skretney has allowed two pieces of evidence into the trial, originally fought against by the air carrier Colgan Air, that may now help the families cause.

The first is an audit of Colgan Air done by an independent firm that includes their safety procedures.

The second, testimony by an FAA employee who worked with Colgan taken after the crash.

The attorney for the families of 3407 says this greatly helps their cause in revealing the truth about the air carrier that played a role in the crash.

Inside knowledge, now allowable in court.

"I think it's got to help our case. If, as we expect, the information will confirm that Colgan's operations were shoddy, that Colgan's training was deficient, and that Colgan's pilots were not adequately prepared to fly, that's the heart of our case," attorney Hugh Russ said.

We reached out to Pinnacle and Colgan Air Tuesday afternoon for comment, but did not hear back.

The trial for this case is on track to start in March of 2014, and could last from a few weeks to a few months.

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