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Flight 3407 widows prepare for lawsuit mediations

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Jennifer West with photo of her husband killed in plane crash

By Eileen Buckley

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Buffalo, NY – Two women who lost their husbands in the crash of Flight 3407 are preparing for the first round of mediations in their lawsuit against Colgan Air. Robin Tolsma and Jennifer West of Amherst will be appear later this week for what they say is generating many painful memories. Click the audio player above to hear Eileen Buckley's full story now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod

Tolsma and West lost their husbands in the crash of the Continental Connection flight in Clarence last year. Both men worked at Northrop Grumman. Tolsma says they're getting ready to face the airline responsible for the fatal crash.

"The only way to punish a business is through a lawsuit. Collectively, it is Jennifer and my goal, that it was so catastrophic, that Colgan, Continental and Bombardier go out of business," said Tolsma.

Tolsma and West face their first round of mandatory mediations regarding their lawsuit against Colgan, Continental and Bombardier, maker of the Q-400.

Flight 3407 families say they are too blame for killing their loved ones because they failed to make sure pilots were properly trained. Tolsma and West appear for the mediations this Thursday and Friday. Tolsma says they've been told to be ready for a tough response, possibly even insults, during this mediation process.

Tolsma says preparation for this week's mediations has been extremely emotional and painful.

"It is like pulling a scab off a wound, and that is the only way to describe it. It's been really emotional," said Tolsma.

But Tolsma and West say they have grown even stronger through this process. The Flight 3407 widows say they are a force to be reckoned with.