On the fourth anniversary of the crash of Continental Flight 3407, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27), Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23), and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue to make implementation of airline safety reforms a top priority. Specifically, the Members ask for timely implementation of provisions on pilot qualifications and crewmember training -- regulations that are both long overdue and that would remedy one of the most serious errors contributing to the Flight 3407 crash.
"The flying public deserves what the victims of Flight 3407 did not get that fateful night -- well qualified and trained pilots," said Congressman Chris Collins. "There is no excuse for the FAA to continue to drag its feet in the implementation of the new safety regulations championed by Flight 3407 families and passed by Congress. On this fourth anniversary, we remember all those who died that night and extend our gratitude to their families for fighting so hard to make sure their loved ones did not die in vain."
"In the years since this tragic plane crash, we have made great strides in reforming airline safety, thanks in large part to the efforts of the victims' families," said Congressman Higgins. "The best way to truly honor their hard work and the memory of their loved ones is to push forward on the implementation of these final rules and make sure that we are doing all we can to ensure that a tragedy like this never occurs again."
"On this fourth anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407, our commitment to airline and pilot safety remains ever-strong," said Congressman Reed. "I join my Western New York colleagues to continue the fight on behalf of those who lost their lives in the crash of Flight 3407 and I commend the families and loved ones of the victims for keeping aviation safety in the forefront. With full implementation, these reforms will be a proactive step toward preventing future tragedies."
"This was a tragedy that truly shocked us all in Western New York, and when we saw that it could have been prevented with more training and better regulations, we got to work," said Congresswoman Slaughter. "There have been some improvements in airline safety since the crash, but until we implement these final rules and stop the sequester from drastically cutting the FAA, we still have lots of work to do to protect the lives of future airline passengers and honor the victims of this tragedy."
Continental Connection Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center on February 12, 2009 claiming the lives of everyone onboard and one person on the ground. Since then, the Families of Flight 3407 and the Western New York delegation have committed to reforming airline safety regulations. In August 2010, Congress passed new flight safety reforms through the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010.