Airline Safety

Updated at 5:48 p.m. ET

The Federal Aviation Administration says it is temporarily grounding all Boeing 737 Max aircraft operated by U.S. airlines or in U.S. territory.

The announcement Wednesday afternoon follows decisions by many other countries to ground the planes after 157 people died in Sunday's crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8.

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The people who lost their lives in Continental Connection Flight 3407 were remembered in Clarence Center at 10:17 p.m Tuesday. Survivors, relatives and friends came to a memorial site to remember the 51 people killed in a place crash exactly ten years ago.

Ten years of passionate advocacy by the Families of the Victims of Flight 3407 has brought important safety changes to the regional airline industry. That's the view of transportation attorney Mary Schiavo, the former Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation, who also holds some reservations. Schiavo says the flying public is not informed adequately when it comes to mechanical issues discovered at some carriers. "The public really has to trust the carrier whose name is on the door and sometimes they don't deserve it."

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Almost seven years after 50 people died in the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, the victims' families are still fighting to protect the flying public. They were joined Tuesday by every member of Western New York's congressional delegation in Washington.  

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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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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer will be appearing Monday with retired airline Captain Sully Sullenberger in Clarence to show support for Flight 3407 families. They will gather at the memorial site where Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed six years ago Long Street. Jennifer West, who lost her husband Ernie, will travel to Washington, D.C on Feb. 4 to continue to fight for air safety rules. But West tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley says she won't attend the annual memorial service.

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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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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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On a cold February night in Clarence, 50 people were remembered on the fourth anniversary of Continental Connection Flight 3407 crashing to the ground in Clarence Center.

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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.

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.