CLARENCE CENTER, NY ( WKBW ) It has been two years since Continental Airlines Flight 3407 crashed into a home on Long Street in Clarence Center, killing 50 people.
Members of the community joined family and friends of the victims Saturday night, along with first responders, at a somber vigil at the site of the crash. Shortly after 10p.m. the names of the victims were read while those gathered remembered the tragic events of February 12th, 2009.
Families who lost loved ones continue their crusade for stricter airline safety standards, and have already made great strides.
"I just want them to understand that we're doing this so this doesn't happen again," said Jennifer West, who lost her husband Ernie in the crash. "Nobody should be without a family member this way, especially since the accident was preventable."
Since the crash, the families have bonded together and have make it their quest to improve airline safety. In the two years since, they've successfully lobbied Congress and many gathered in Washington Tuesday to make sure those tougher airline safety standards are carried out. With the anniversary of the crash this coming Saturday, many families have a simple message.
"We don't want this to happen again," said Robin Tolsma, who lost her husband Darren in the crash. "Our hearts will always be broken and will always have a hole in it. We'll be forever changed and we need to make sure this doesn't happen to someone else."