CLARENCE (WKBW) Families of the victims of Flight 3407 were celebrating Tuesday in Clarence, a major victory in their fight for safer skies.
"It's a day of wow, we got this done," John Kausner, who lost his daughter in the crash, told Eyewitness News.
Dressed in their signature red, families came together in victory over the FAA's passage of new pilot training rules Tuesday.
Pilots will now be required to complete flight simulator training, specifically in regards to airplane stalls and how to recover from them. Training 3407's pilots never had.
"The pilots that they had did not know what to do, they did the exact opposite. If they had the training that is going to be implemented now, everyone would still be alive today," Jennifer West, who lost her husband in the crash, said.
This is the third major victory for the families group, including putting a limit on flight time for pilots, mandating pilot qualifications, and now specialized training.
"I never could have imagined on day one that we could accomplish what we have now, 4 and a half years later. We've had legislation passed by the United States Congress that we initiated, unanimously by both houses. We've had changes in the FAA rules in place for 25 years that you couldn't change. It's a real sense of accomplishment and satisfaction," John Kausner added.
But this isn't the end of the road. The families group says it will continue to push for a pilot records database and safety management systems for all airlines, all in the name of avoiding another tragedy like the one that took the lives of their loved ones.