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The Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 (PL 111-216) was signed into law on August 1, 2010.  For a summary of the provisions included in this new law, please click here.

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On the 10th Anniversary, the Families of Continental Flight 3407 Remember Their Loved Ones PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 12 February 2018 10:12

In conjunction with the anniversary, the 'Families of Continental Flight 3407' issued the following statement:

They were accomplished musicians. Successful business people. An internationally renowned human rights expert. Defense contractors dedicated to our nation's security. A couple and their 12-year-old son. Vietnam veterans. An off-duty pilot.

They were parents. Spouses. Siblings. Children. Grandparents. Uncles. Aunts. Cousins. Dear friends. And so much more.

Many were from Buffalo and Western New York. A good share were from New Jersey where the flight originated. Some even came from as far as China and Israel. Their reach truly spanned the globe.

On February 12th, 2009, an unspeakable tragedy occurred outside of Buffalo, New York, as a flight operated by a regional air carrier crashed into a home, taking the lives of everyone on board and one man on the ground. It created a hole in the lives of so many, a pain that persists to this day, and one that will never be able to be completely overcome.

Collectively, the world lost so many wonderful people that day. People who had already accomplished so much, and sadly, still had so much to offer.

10 years later, their memory continues to burn brightly, and many of us gather in Buffalo to honor their lives. Countless more will remember them across the nation and around the world. We remember them for not just everything that they did, but for how they made us feel. The smiles. The laughs. The hugs.

But beyond their individual impacts, collectively their loss has created a very powerful legacy. Inspired by the lives that they lived and the way that they touched so many, we as their families and friends have made it our quest to ensure that the mistakes that led to the very preventable tragedy of Flight 3407 are never allowed to repeat themselves.

One decade later, we can say that something positive has come from this disaster. Landmark aviation safety legislation unanimously passed by Congress. Stronger regional airline safety measures implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation. It truly has been a team effort.

And the results speak for themselves. No fatal crashes. The safest period in commercial air travel that is now three times longer than the previous period and counting. Parents returning home to their children from business trips. Children coming home from school at the end of the semester. Families enjoying their vacations. Loved ones being able to celebrate a holiday with their families.

In memory of those beautiful lives needlessly cut short, a difference has been made. We vow to continue the fight in their honor. It is our fervent hope that those in Washington and aviation industry stakeholders across the nation will do the same, and never forget those who perished on Flight 3407.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2019 12:26
Welcome to the Families of Continental Flight 3407 Webpage PDF Print E-mail

Welcome to the website created and maintained by the family members of the victims of Flight 3407. Continental Flight 3407 departed Newark airport on Thursday, February 12 en route to Buffalo, New York. Approximately 5 miles from the airport, the airplane began experiencing problems and tragically crashed into the Clarence Center neighborhood just outside of Buffalo. 45 passengers, 4 crew members, 1 off-duty pilot, and 1 person on the ground perished in this horrible accident.


Sully Supports Flight 3407 Families Safety Efforts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 17:19

Captain "Sully" Sullenberger stands by the Families of Continental Flight 3407 in their pursuit for continued improvement to airline safety.  Read more at:


Office of Inspector General for the Department of Transportation Reports PDF Print E-mail

The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Transportation, responsible for reviewing the actions of the FAA, has recently issued two reports related to the FAA's progress on implementing new safety standards in the wake of the Continental flight 3407 crash.  The full text of each report can be found by accessing the links below:

FAA and Industry Are Advancing the Airline Safety Act, but Challenges Remain To Achieve Its Full Measure

Growth of Domestic Airline Code Sharing Warrants Increased Attention

PL 111-216 Has Been Signed Into Law PDF Print E-mail

On August 1, 2010, President Obama signed PL 111-216, The Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010, into law.  The passage of this law marked the culmination of over 15 months of tireless effort by the Families of Continental Flight 3407 and it includes many safety provisions that we are in support of.

PL 111-216 outlines numerous requirements for improving the safety of the American flying public.  The key sections of the bill are summarized below and the full text of the bill can be found here:

  • Section 202 - Requires the Secretary of Transportation to annually report to the Transportation and Infrastructure/Commerce Committees on the status of all NTSB safety recommendations related to Part 121 air carrier operations.
  • Section 203 - Requires FAA Administrator to establish an electronic database of FAA records, air carrier records, and National Driver Register records of all pilots and prospective pilots, and requires air carriers to access and evaluate these records before hiring any pilots.
  • Section 204: Requires FAA Administrator to establish a task force to review specific safety and training areas, with annual reports to T&I/Commerce Committees. Focuses on identifying best practices and tracking the implementation of these best practices.
  • Section 205: Requires DOT Inspector General to conduct a review of how the FAA is organized to oversee Part 121 carriers, and the effectiveness of this oversight, particularly in the level of oversight provided to major versus regional carriers. Requires the IG to report to the Administrator upon completion.
  • Section 206: Requires FAA Administrator to convene an Aviation Rulemaking Committee to make recommendations focused on the areas of mentoring, professional development, and leadership, and then conduct a rulemaking based on these findings.
  • Section 207: Requires FAA Administrator to conduct a study of industry best practices with regard to pilot pairing, crew resource management techniques, and pilot commuting. The Administrator shall then submit to T&I/Commerce Committees a report on the findings of this study.
  • Section 208: Requires FAA Administrator to conduct rulemakings that require all part 121 air carriers to provide stall and upset recognition and recovery training, as well as to implement remedial training programs. Also forms a multidisciplinary panel to report on stick pusher and weather event training.
  • Section 209: Gives FAA a timeline to complete its current rulemaking on crewmember training, and forms a multipdisciplinary panel to examine a number of issues related to various aspects of pilot training - ground school, recurrent training, assessing proficiency, etc. - and then report to Congress.
  • Section 210: Requires all ticket agents, air carriers, and any other persons selling plane tickets to disclose verbally or in writing the name of the carrier actually operating each segment of a flight, and requires internet ticket sites to disclose this information in the initial display after a search.
  • Section 211: Requires FAA Administrator to conduct on-site random inspections at a minimum of a yearly basis at all regional airlines.
  • Section 212: Requires FAA Administrator to conduct rulemaking establishing new flight and duty time regulations, requires all part 121 carriers to submit a Fatigue Risk Management Plan for Administrator approval, and directs a study on commuting, with findings to be incorporated into fatigue rulemaking.
  • Section 213: Requires FAA Administrator to report to T&I/Commerce Committees on a carrier-by-carrier basis, detailing which carriers are utilizing FOQA, LOSA, ASAP, and AQP, and also examine how the data derived from such programs is being shared across the industry to ensure maximum safety benefit.
  • Section 214: Requires FAA Administrator to develop a plan to facilitate the implementation of ASAP and FOQA at all part 121 carriers.
  • Section 215: Requires FAA Administrator to conduct a rulemaking to require all part 121 carriers to implement Safety Management Systems.
  • Section 216: Requires FAA Administrator to conduct a rulemaking that changes screening and qualification requirements for all Part 121 pilots, requiring ATP license/appropriate multi-engine experience. Includes default provision that ATP requirement is mandatory within 3 years.
  • Section 217: Requires FAA Administrator to conduct a rulemaking that modifies the requirements to earn an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license. Focuses on Flight Hours (including in difficult operational conditions) and additional qualitative elements.