The Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday it is increasing pilot qualification requirements for co-pilots who fly U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. Flight 3407 families are applauding new requirements. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the families gathered at Clarence Town Hall Wednesday to react to the changes they've been aggressively fighting for the past four years.
Flight 3407 families received some encouraging news for the Federal Aviation Administration Wednesday, one day after lobbying in Washington on the four year anniversary of the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407.
A new scholarship for graduates of the Buffalo Public Schools interested in studying human rights - will be available at UB next year.
The late historian, human rights activist, and local resident Alison Des Forges is being honored - by the University at Buffalo - with a four-year scholarship in her name.
Des Forges earned a MacArthur Foundation Award in 1999 - for her land mark book on genocide in Rowanda - and was senior advisor to Human Rights Watch. She was flying home aboard Flight 3407 - when it crashed in Clarence Center in February 2009.
The flight safety measures that arose after the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence have not changed the culture among airlines.
Major airlines that employ low-cost regional companies are trending toward newly established operators, who save costs by employing less experienced pilots and which have, at times, shaky maintenance records. The Federal Aviation Administration identified a variety of violations on 320 flights handled by GoJet and Trans States just two years ago. A fine was proposed in those cases.
The embattled leader of Pinnacle Airlines has resigned. The Buffalo News reports that Sean Menke resignation takes effect June 1st.
The Pinnacle Airline C-E-O has been underfire for taking a six-figure pay hike just before the company filed for bankruptcy. Pinnacle is the owner of Colgan Air -- the operator of Continental Connection Flight 3407 that crashed in Clarence in 2009 killing 50 people.
Pinnacle Airlines, the parent company of Colgan Air, which operated Continental Connection Flight 3407, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The Colgan unit would cease to exist under Pinnacle's planned restructuring, along with its planes and flights. Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence in 2009, killing 50 people. Pilot error was cited as the cause of the disaster.
The Families of Flight 3407 along with members of the general public will participate in a candlelight procession tonight.
This weekend marks the third anniversary of the tragic crash that took the lives of 51 people. Marilyn and John Kausner lost their daughter, Ellie, in the crash. The accident has Kausner urging all consumers to consider a number of factors over and above airfares when they buy airline tickets.
Families of the victims of Continental Flight 3407 are also outraged at the continued delay in the process. This February will soon mark the third anniversary of the crash. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked to one family member about this latest setback.
"I can't say that I'm surprised because I had a feeling it would be come and gone just like the last deadline," said Jennifer West of Clarence.
The Federal Aviation Administration has again missed another deadline to begin a new pilot fatigue rule.
The Western New York Congressional delegation received noticed that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will not meet the November 30th extended deadline for completion of a new pilot fatigue rule.WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to Congressman Brian Higgins after he appeared on the House floor in Washington Thursday. Higgins said the FAA has had plenty of time to implement the rule and prevent pilot fatigue.
Western New York Congressional leaders and U.S. Senators from New York are calling on the U.S. Attorney to investigate Colgan Airlines regarding emails about the pilot from the crash of the Continental Connection Flight 3407 in February 2009 .