WASHINGTON, D.C.-Good news for families of the victims of Flight 3407 concerned that FAA safety provisions they fought so hard for were in jeopardy of being rolled back.
Senators Chuck Schumer tells 2 On Your Side he and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have assurances that those 3407-inspired safeguards are protected in the Senate's recently released FAA re-authorization bill.
Congress must re-authorize the FAA every year. The families of those aboard the fatal flight were concerned that some of the regulations they were successful in getting passed, such as requiring pilots log 1,500 flight hours in order to get their Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, were in danger of being dropped from the latest bill.
The Senators warn, however, that this is only the first step in the process and the bill is still subject to changes at both the comittee level and on the Senate floor.
"We must remain constantly vigilant in our efforts to protect the aviation safety improvements secured by flight 3407 families," said Senator Schumer. "To put it simply, these federal regulations save lives and should remain in place."
All 49 passengers and crew, along with one person on the ground, were killed when Colgan Air flight 3407 crashed into a house in Clarence Center in Feburary, 2009. New safety regulations governing pilot fatigue, training and minumum qualifications were part of the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act passed in 2010.