Congressman Calls for Continued Diligence on Implementation of Flight Safety Measures
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined Flight 3407 families and members of the Western New York Congressional delegation in a news conference on Capitol Hill calling for a sustained push for “one level of aviation safety.” This is a continuation of the ongoing effort to advocate for stronger rules on pilot fatigue, pilot training and passenger rights following the tragic crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 near the Buffalo Airport on February 12, 2009.
Higgins said, “Three years have passed since that tragic day in Western New York. There are many accomplishments to be proud of, but much work still to be done. We could talk about the elapsed history - countless meetings, hurdles, and bureaucratic roadblocks – but instead today we talk about heart – the tireless passion demonstrated by these family members to see this work through, in memory of their loved ones, making flying safer for each of ours.”
Following the joint event, Congressman Higgins discussed the issue on the House Floor.
Below is the text of his remarks:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today along with my colleague Congresswoman Kathy Hochul to recognize the upcoming third anniversary of the tragic crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in my Western New York community.
This tragedy, unfortunately, was preventable. The National Transportation Safety Board found that the chief cause of the crash was pilot error.
In August of 2010 President Obama signed into law aviation safety legislation which, among other things, required the Federal Aviation Administration to update flight-and-duty time rules and set minimum rest requirements for pilots.
As the families know too well, the passage of time never really heals the tragic memory of that day. But they persevered. They became a true citizen army for aviation safety and achieved the most comprehensive aviation reform in 50 years. These efforts -- they were guided by their faith and by the light of those they loved and lost.
We recognize their extraordinary efforts on behalf of the Western New York community, the flying public, and a grateful nation.