Flight 3407 Families Applaud House Members Who Sign Letter Demanding Obama Action on Pilot Fatigue

September 27, 2013 Updated Oct 4, 2011 at 3:03 PM EDT

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Flight 3407 Families Applaud House Members Who Sign Letter Demanding Obama Action on Pilot Fatigue

September 27, 2013 Updated Oct 4, 2011 at 3:03 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- The 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' praised a letter released Monday signed by 103 members of the House of Representatives to President Obama, calling on his Administration to end the delays and issue long-overdue, stricter guidelines on pilot flight and duty times. 

As the airlines and their lobbyists continue to attempt to obstruct the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation from completing this congressionally-mandated initiative, the letter asked the President to get involved and push  the White House Office of Management and Budget to complete its review so that a final rule could be issued.

“This delay is absolutely unacceptable, and we greatly appreciate this widespread bipartisan support from the House demanding action,” stated Karen Eckert of Williamsville, New York, who lost her sister and prominent 9/11 widow and activist Beverly Eckert in the crash of Flight 3407.  “Last August, Congress unanimously approved landmark aviation safety legislation that, among other things, would once and for all address the issue of pilot fatigue, which has been a priority item for the NTSB for over 20 years.  We must remind President Obama that not only did he sign that legislation into law, he also met with us and assured us that his Administration would act aggressively on behalf of safety and the memory of our loved ones.  With the FAA already two months past the Congressional deadline, the time for talk is long past; it is now time for action.”

The letter, which was led by the Western New York congressional delegation of Representatives Louise Slaughter, Brian Higgins, Tom Reed, and Kathy Hochul, and Ohio Representatives Jean Schmidt and Steve Stivers, was signed by members representing 33 states and territories.  Representatives Nick Rahall and Jerry Costello, ranking members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and its Aviation Subcommittee, respectively, also included their signatures.

“This sends a strong message to the President that the entire nation is counting on him to put safety ahead of corporate greed,” declared Scott Maurer of Moore, South Carolina, who lost his thirty year old daughter Lorin.  “Unfortunately, Flight 3407 is a tragic reminder of what happens when that is not done.  The airlines are pulling out all the stops, from hiring the President's staff to waging public relations warfare, in an attempt to blur the real issues here.  But if the flying public is going to receive a true 'One Level of Safety', particularly in regards to our nation's regional airlines, this twenty-year battle with the industry over these critical new scheduling guidelines must be won once and for all.”