3407 Families Prepare for Anniversary

February 10, 2013 Updated Feb 10, 2013 at 8:26 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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February 10, 2013 Updated Feb 10, 2013 at 8:26 PM EDT

CLARENCE CENTER (WKBW) John and Marilynn Kausner placed a wreath at the memorial in Clarence Sunday morning in honor of their daughter Ellie, who was killed when Continental Airlines Flight 3407 crashed there on February 12th 2009.

"As this anniversary approaches, you just cannot help but remember that night, the events of that night, and all the time that has gone by that we haven't seen our daughter," Marilyn Kausner said.

And just days before the four year anniversary of that crash that killed 50 people, the Kausners are preparing to board a plane bound for Washington DC along with other members of the 3407 Families Group to continue the fight for increased airline safety.

"There still is legislation and regulations that need to be enacted to prevent this very plane crash. It happened for knowable reasons, for preventable reasons, and repeatable reasons. So we're going down there to continue to push with our Congressmen and Senators to say we need these regulations implemented so this will never happen again," John Kausner said.

But the families aren't alone. Political leaders from the local, state, and federal levels have also volunteered to help push for increased flight safety regulation.

Newly elected Congressman Chris Collins was in Western New York on Sunday, making an appearance on local talk radio before heading back to Washington to meet with the families of 3407 and push for the implementation of already passed safety rules.

"And it's these changes in safety regulations that honors their memory to make sure their lives were not lost without a positive impact and safety for all americans moving forward," Collins said.

Eyewitness News will be in Washington DC as family members and political leaders remember those lives lost and fight for increased airline safety. Stay tuned for full coverage Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.