Accidents Involving Continental Airlines

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Continental Connection Flight 3407 — On February 12, 2009, just minutes prior to landing, Continental Connection Flight 3407 (operated by Colgan Air) plunged from the sky and crashed into a home at Clarence Center, New York. All 49 people aboard and one person in the home perished in the accident. Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C. handled wrongful death litigation arising out of the crash of Flight 3407.

A Snapshot of Continental Airlines, Inc.

continental airlinesContinental Airlines, Inc. was headquartered in Houston, Texas, and had hubs in New York, Cleveland, Houston, and Guam. The airline began flying from El Paso, Texas to Pueblo, Colorado in July 1934 as Varney Speed Lines. In 1937, it changed its name to Continental Airlines and relocated its corporate headquarters to Houston, Texas in 1982 after merging with Texas International.

Continental Airlines was a member of the Star Alliance network and operated in North America, Central America, Asia, and Europe. It had U.S. alliances with Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, Hawaiian Airlines, Island Air, American Eagle (on select West Coast flights), Amtrak (on select trains in the Northeast U.S.), Continental Express and Continental Connection. Its international alliances included Aerorepublica, Emirates, EVA Air, Kingfisher, the SNCF French Rail and Virgin Atlantic.

Regional flights were operated by Continental Connection and Continental Express, under code-share agreement with Continental Airlines. Continental Connection was operated by CommutAir, Colgan Air, Cape Air and Gulfstream International Airlines. Continental Express is operated by Chautauqua Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines.

Continental operated more than 2,800 daily flights and serves 135 domestic and 132 international destinations. It employed over 45,000 employees and has annual earnings of over $3.5 billion.

In 2010, Continental Airlines was acquired by United Airlines. All previous Continental flights now operate under the United Airlines name.

Continental Airlines Accident and Incident History

The following is a summary of the major accidents and incidents of Continental Airlines, including those involving Continental Express and Continental Connection:

Continental Connection Flight 3407/Colgan Air, Clarence Center, NY, February 12, 2009

Continental Airlines Flight 1404, Denver, CO, December 20, 2008

Continental Airlines Flight 475, Guadalajara, Mexico, September 16, 1998

Continental Airlines Flight 75, inflight mishap, Los Angeles to Hawaii, May 21, 1998

Continental Airlines Flight 1943, Houston, TX, February 19, 1996

Continental Airlines Flight 588, Denver, CO, April 27, 1993

Continental Express Flight 2574, Eagle Lake, TX, September 11, 1991

Continental Express Flight 2286, Durango, CO, January 19, 1988

Continental Airlines Flight 1713, Denver, CO, November 15, 1987

Continental Airlines Flight 603, Los Angeles, CA, March 1, 1978

Continental Airlines Flight 12, Kansas City, MO, July 1, 1965

Continental Airlines Flight 290, Kansas City, MO, January 28, 1963

Continental Airlines Flight 11, Unionville, MO, May 22, 1962

Continental Airlines Accidents and Incidents Handled by Baum Hedlund:

Baum Hedlund has handled some of the largest Continental Airlines accidents, including:

Continental Connection Flight 3407/Colgan Air, Clarence Center, NY, February 12, 2009 (1 passenger represented)

Continental Airlines Flight 1404, Denver, CO, December 20, 2008 (7 passengers represented)

Continental Airlines Flight 75, inflight mishap, Los Angeles to Hawaii, May 21, 1998 (6 passengers represented)

Continental Airlines Flight 588, Denver, CO, April 27, 1993 (1 passenger represented)

Continental Express Flight 2286, Durango, CO, January 19, 1988 (1 passenger represented)

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