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Statement from Representatives Hochul, Higgins & Slaughter After NTSB Requests Full Disclosure from Pinnacle Airlines

November 10, 2011
Representatives Hochul, Higgins, and Slaughter released the following statement after news that the NTSB has requested Pinnacle Airlines to fully disclose all information, including emails, related to the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407:

“Following last week’s meeting with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), we are glad to hear the NTSB is heeding our call and requesting for Pinnacle Airlines to release any and all information relevant to the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407.

“All of this information should have been released from the very beginning of this investigation and the Western New York delegation stands united in their disappointment and outrage at Pinnacle for choosing to cherry-pick what they submitted to the investigators. The NTSB is to be commended for having conducted such a thorough and expeditious investigation, but this information could have strengthened that effort.

“From the beginning of this tragedy, our combined goal has been to uncover the truth about what happened on that February night in 2009. While we’ve been told the information contained in these emails is consistent with what Pinnacle and Colgan reported to the NTSB, our hope is that any new information can help fill in the gaps and ensure such a tragedy never happens again.”