NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. — Monday marked nine years since the crash of Flight 3407. Fifty people lost their lives when the Colgan Air flight crashed in Clarence Center in 2009.
Friends and family of Elly Kausner, who was on Flight 3407, gathered in North Tonawanda Monday night to remember her. Her older sister, Laura, owns Elite Heat All Stars cheerleading.
Laura was a cheerleading coach in 2009, and she says the young women she coached back then came together to start a volunteer organization. It's called the Elly's Angels Foundation in honor of Laura's sister, and Laura says it's going strong.
"Now we have hundreds and hundreds of women every year, young women every year, go to events and volunteer to remember Elly and to also be a part of this community and kind of turn something that was really terrible into something positive," Laura Voigt said.
Around 20 family members of those who lost their lives nine years ago will return to Washington, D.C. this week. They will meet with the Western New York delegation and the FAA to push for the pilot safety standards they've fought for over the years to remain in place.