BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) It was supposed to be a hearing about a merger between Continental and United Airlines in front of the U.S. House Transportation Committee, but about one hour in-- Continental C.E.O. Jeffery Smisek is forced to address the crash of Continental Flight 3407.
He was grilled about the crash-- and why it happened.
Investigators have concluded that pilot error and a lack of training were to blame in the February crash. The C.E.O. agreed but says it's "the F.A.A.'s responsibility"-- not his to make sure pilots of regional airlines receive proper training.
Flight 3407 carried Continental Airlines' name-- but was actually operated by the company's sub-contractor, Colgan Air.
When asked why his company does not better regulate the training of pilots hired by its sub-contractors? Smisek responded: "The training of pilots across the globe is too great a responsibility for Continental Airlines we do not have the resources."
The comments have angered family members of victims in the February 2009 crash-- and some U.S. Lawmakers as well.