3407 Families Continue to Push for Airline Safety

October 26, 2010 Updated Oct 27, 2010 at 8:28 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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October 26, 2010 Updated Oct 27, 2010 at 8:28 AM EDT

Washington, D.C. (WKBW) "One level of safety." That is what family members of victims of Flight 3407 are pushing for. Thirty five family members attended the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) meetings in Washington, D.C., looking for across the board safety regulations to prevent a crash like the one in Clarence Center last year.

Family members of 3407 victims have been working hard to increase safety on all airlines since the 2009 crash. This summer they helped pass the Airline Safety FAA Extension Act, which mandated training hours for pilots and other safety measures. Tuesday they returned to Washington to make sure that law gets implemented, and that all airlines, carriers and regional providers, follow the new regulations. John Kausner's daughter was killed in the 3407 crash, and he spoke at today's meeting.

"Our purpose today is to tell the airlines stop passing the buck. Airlines, stand up. Take responsibility. What I said at the end was the buck was passed to my daughter on Long Street the night she died. So what we're here for is to push for one level of training and hiring practices," Kausner told Eyewitness News.

Safety regulations and airline code sharing are the issues with family members now. Kausner testified that when Flight 3407 crashed, the tail of the plane said Continental, the gate at the airport said Continental, yet the pilots worked for Colgan airlines, and their training did not equal that of the national carrier.

Kausner testified and asked airlines to do what is right. "Get pilots hired to your own standards and do not allow your code sharing partners to diminish those standards," he said.

The NTSB hearings continue Wednesday, and the 3407 families are expected to be there to push for pilot training, regulation of regional and national carriers, and overall airline safety.