Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) today issued the following statement after President Obama signed into law the aviation safety reforms introduced in the wake of the February 12, 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407:
"Finally, nearly a year and a half after Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center on a cold, icy winter night, the long-overdue aviation safety measures requested for 20 years are now law. This would simply not have been possible had it not been for the dedication and hard work of the families who lost loved ones that night. Through the more than 30 trips to Washington and the countless meetings with Senators, Representatives, and Administration officials, the Flight 3407 families were determined to have these reforms become law so that no other family would have to deal with the anguish and heartache that they have over the last year and a half. There will now be one level of safety for the entire flying public, and passengers can fly with confidence in knowing that there are experienced, well-trained and prepared pilots in each and every cockpit."