Flight 3407

Two recent deadly air incidents show why the Federal Aviation Administration must not give in to political pressure and roll back safety standards, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said during a local visit.

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President Donald Trump's Twitter message, in which he seemingly takes credit for "the safest year on record" in the commercial flight industry in 2017, has drawn criticism from a local congressman and a written response from the families of victims of the nation's last deadly passenger airliner crash.

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A new database is being tested that allows airlines to check a pilot's credentials before they're hired. It's required as part of the safety regulations enacted after the crash of Flight 3407, in Clarence Center, that killed 50-people.

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An advisory committee that serves the airline industry is recommending the Federal Aviation Administration roll back a key requirement for pilots to obtain licenses to fly commercial jets. Senator Charles Schumer says he, and the families of victims of Flight 3407, will fight to block such a change.

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February 12 marks the 7th anniversary of the tragic crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Clarence Center.

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Six years after the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence claimed 50 lives, the subject of air safety has once again become a political hot topic in Washington. Congressional hearings are taking place this week to review the aspects of a new FAA Reauthorization Bill.

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The pilot who managed to safely land an airplane years ago on the Hudson River is now joining continuing fight over airline safety with the Families of Flight 3407.

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A settlement has been reached in the only case to go to trial following the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Clarence Center.

Homeowner's family argues last Flight 3407 lawsuit

Jul 22, 2014
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A preliminary hearing was held Tuesday in State Supreme Court Tuesday regarding legal claims being made by the family who lived in the home destroyed when Flight 3407 crashed into it in February 2009.

Flight 3407 wrongful death lawsuits settled

Apr 2, 2014
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All federal lawsuits stemming from the crash of of Continental Connection Flight 3407 have now been settled.

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Families of Colgan Air Flight 3407 are celebrating the Federal Aviation Administration's announcement of new pilot training rules.  The FAA issued the final rules in Washington earlier Tuesday.

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The families of the victims of Continental Connection Flight 3407 have won two key court battles, ahead of an expected trial next spring.

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The Families of Continental Flight 3407 were back in Washington Wednesday to have their first meeting with new Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

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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.

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The details unfolding in the latest air disaster are all too familiar for the families of Continental Connection Flight 3407, which crashed in Clarence in 2009.

Erie County has lost its bid to recover the money it spent in the aftermath of the 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence.

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Despite the stunning revelations of safety shortcomings that emerged in the aftermath of the crash of Flight 3407, the airline industry is moving begrudgingly to raise universal standards.

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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.

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With the fourth anniversary of the Clarence Center crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 Tuesday, 47 survivors of crash victims are flying to Washington today to lobby for new safety rules.

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Nearly four years after the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Clarence, about a dozen wrongful death lawsuits remain in federal court.

A longtime writer about the airline industry has a new book called "Attention All Passengers."  William McGee recently visited our studio's to talk with WBFO's Mike Desmond. 

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The fourth anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407 is approaching and a number of aviation safety changes still have not gone into effect.

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.  

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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.

Flight 3407 families were scheduled to gather for a dedication of a new memorial Saturday at the site of the deadly plane crash in Clarence that killed 50 people in February 2009.

WBFO and AM 970's Eileen Buckley talked with John Kausner, who lost his daughter Ellyce.  He says the families are pleased with the memorial dedicated to their loved ones.


New safety concerns arise at Pinnacle Airlines

May 14, 2012

A recent development once again calls into question the safety commitment at regional airlines.

According to the Buffalo News, bankrupt Pinnacle Airlines is looking to ease costs by cutting back on its review of pilot errors.

Pinnacle serves as the parent company for Colgan Airlines which operated Flight 3407 when it crashed in Clarence Center in February 2009.

The incident, which killed 50 people, revealed major deficiencies in pilot training among regional airlines.

Pinnacle Airlines CEO resigns

Apr 19, 2012

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. 

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Flight 3407 widow Robin Tolsma has released her new book later titled “Everything Changed.” 

Tolsma’s husband – Darren – was among the 50-people killed in 2009 when Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence in February of 2009.

WBFO & AM-970’S Eileen Buckley talked with Tolsma about the book that  reveals personal details of what occurred to the Tolsma family following the crash.

Pinnacle Airlines files for bankruptcy

Apr 2, 2012

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. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) Federal authorities are proposing a $153,000 fine against a regional airline involved in the fatal crash in Clarnece, N.Y. that raised concerns about pilot fatigue.

The fine would be imposed for failing to give crews on other flights enough time to rest, proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Colgan Air Inc. operated 17 flights from June 2008 to February 2009 in which pilots and flight attendants were scheduled to work seven days in a row, the FAA said.