One Year Later, Flight 3407 Families to “Complete the Journey”; Hold Press Conference to Push for Senate Action on Airline Safety Bill

Scott Maurer to Appear on CBS Thursday Night

Buffalo, New York- February 10, 2010 – As previously announced, the “Families of Continental Flight 3407” will conduct a “Walk to Complete the Journey” this Friday on the one year anniversary of the horrific plane crash outside of Buffalo. After traveling the final 10.5 miles from the crash site at 6038 Long Street in Clarence Center to the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, a press conference is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. At this press conference, the group hopes to call attention to the fact that critical safety legislation designed to address the issues that caused this tragedy continues to languish in the Senate, currently awaiting action by the Senate Finance Committee under the direction of Senator Max Baucus of Montana. (more…)

Flight 3407 Families Urge Public to View PBS Frontline’s ‘Flying Cheap’ Tonight

Buffalo, New York- February 9, 2010 – As the one year anniversary of the tragic regional airline plane crash that took the lives of their loved ones approaches, the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ urged all members of the flying public to view “Flying Cheap”, a one hour expose on the corner-cutting and questionable safety practices of the nation’s regional airlines. The show, a one-hour PBS FRONTLINE special, will be aired tonight, Tuesday, February 9th at 9 p.m. ET – check your local listings for complete details. (more…)

NTSB Investigation Completed; Flight 3407 Families Call for Congress, FAA to Act on Recommendations

“Experience, Maturity Was Needed for First Officer to Intervene”, Says NTSB Chair

Buffalo, New York- February 3, 2010 – In the wake of the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report on the February 12th crash of Continental Flight 3407, the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ turned their attention to achieving long-overdue government action on key aviation safety issues, focusing on the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Bill and new pilot qualification requirements in the Senate, and new FAA-driven regulations in the areas of training and fatigue. (more…)

3407 Families Praise Casey, Collins, Kerry, Snowe for Bipartisan Support of Schumer’s Bill to Increase Pilot Requirements; Urge Action by Baucus, Obama Administration

Buffalo, New York- February 2, 2010 – The determined efforts of the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ to raise minimum experience and qualification requirements for all commercial airline pilots, particularly at the regional level, gained significant support with the addition of Senators Robert Casey (D-PA), Susan Collins (R-ME), John Kerry (D-MA), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) as co-sponsors to a key aviation safety initiative that the family group is advocating for. (more…)

Flight 3407 Families Prepare for NTSB and House Hearings – Issue Their Own ‘Call to Action’ for the FAA and Senate Finance Committee

Buffalo, New York- January 29, 2010 – The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public hearing on the final accident report for Continental Flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air, on Tuesday, February 2nd, at 9:30 a.m. in the NTSB Conference Center in Washington. Over sixty members of the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ are expected to be in attendance, and as the final chapter in the investigative phase is completed and the one year anniversary approaches, the group is calling for quicker action from two key government entities to prevent a repeat of this tragedy. (more…)

Flight 3407 Families To Be Featured on PBS FRONTLINE’s ‘Flying Cheap’ – A Hard Look at the Regional Airlines

Buffalo, New York- January 25, 2010 – PBS FRONTLINE will air a one hour special Tuesday, February 9th, at 9 p.m. ET entitled ‘Flying Cheap’ – a revealing look at the inner workings of the regional airline industry. The documentary will explore many of the issues brought to light by the tragic crash of Continental Flight 3407 on February 12th, 2009, killing all forty nine aboard the plane as well as one person on the ground. In particular, it will feature telling interviews from former Colgan pilots and other industry insiders. (more…)

The Memory of 9/11 Widow Beverly Eckert Burns Bright; Flight 3407 Families to Attend Senate Hearing on Aviation Security

Buffalo, New York- January 19, 2010 – Continuing their push for passage of the FAA Reauthorization Bill, the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ announced that they would attend the Commerce Committee’s hearing on Aviation Security, to be held Wednesday, January 20th, at 2:30 pm in Room 106 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The hearing topic has special significance for the family of passenger Beverly Eckert, who lost her husband Sean Rooney in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and became a fierce advocate for homeland security reform. (more…)

‘Who’s Flying Your Airplane?’ – Flight 3407 Families Spotlight The Buffalo News’ Series on Pilots, Regional Airlines

Buffalo, New York- January 14, 2010 – As the Senate reconvenes next week and the ‘Families of Continental Flight 3407’ continue their push for the passage of the FAA Reauthorization bill, the group praised The Buffalo News for its recent four-part series ( on the state of pilot experience and training, particularly at our nation’s regional airlines. (more…)