Families of Flight 3407 headed to Washington D.C. under new administration

Posted at 12:24 PM, Jan 31, 2017
and last updated 2019-01-22 16:29:35-05

The families of Flight 3407 have formed a tight-knit support group and now they're headed to Washington D.C. to continue fighting for safety regulations they've worked hard to pass.

This week marks the eight year anniversary of Flight 3407 crashing into a Clarence Center home, killing a total of 50 people. Since the crash, families of the victims have gone to the nation's Capitol every year to lobby Congress to pass safety regulations for airlines.

About 20 members of the Flight 3407 families will head to D.C. Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with Congress and safety committee members.

Under the Obama administration, Flight 3407 families have had success passing new legislation. President Obama signed the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act in 2010. 

"We've done a lot but we're not quite there yet," said Karen Eckert, who lost her sister Beverly, also a 9/11 widow in the crash. Eckert says the families have made significant changes to the airline industry after the 2009 crash, but they still have more changes they hope to implement. She says she's worried the new administration won't be receptive, but is hoping for positive change.

"I'm proud of what the families and what our Congress did to initiate these safety improvements. I'm concerned and I just want them to stay firm so that we can protect the flying public because our people, our loved ones didn't have that protection," said Eckert.


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