3407 Families Fight For Change

February 12, 2012 Updated Feb 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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February 12, 2012 Updated Feb 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC ( WKBW ) With the third anniversary of the crash of Continental Flight 3407, families who lost loved-ones gathered in the nation's Capitol to commemorate the accident.

After attending a news conference with members of Western New York's Congressional Delegation, the group had a private meeting with acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta Tuesday February 7, 2012.

The Families of Continental Flight 3407 came together after the crash to help support each other and lobby for new airline safety regulations.

The group was instrumental in getting the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010 signed into law.

So far, only the pilot flight and duty time regulations have been implemented.

After meeting with the families, acting FAA Administrator Huerta issued the following statement:

"Today, I personally thanked the Colgan Air Flight 3407 family members for their unrelenting dedication and advocacy for aviation safety. I also reaffirmed my commitment to updating our rules on pilot qualifications and training. After the Colgan accident, FAA officials met with airlines and unions around the country as part of a national Call to Action to strengthen pilot hiring, training and performance, combat fatigue, and to improve professional standards and discipline at major and regional airlines. This past December, we delivered on our promise to issue a new rule to combat pilot fatigue. While we have more work ahead of us, we are committed to ensuring the safety of the traveling public and our national airspace system."