On February 12th, 2009, Continental Flight #3407 crashed in Clarence Center, New York, robbing us of our beloved fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, fiancées, family members, dear friends, and co-workers. While on paper only fifty lives were lost, in reality, a part of so many more people died on that cold wintry night in Clarence, New York.
In the aftermath of this tragedy, we have learned so much about aviation vocabulary (i.e. stall speed, stick shaker, and pneumatic boots) and the aviation industry in general; positive news such as statistical progress in making air travel safer, but also chilling realizations that air safety is not often a first priority. We, the families, have discovered that often a value is placed on human lives. That value is compared to the cost of making safety improvements. Sadly, if the costs of those improvements amount to too high of a bottom line, those advances are often put on the back burner.
In the aftermath of this tragic accident, we resolve to do everything we can to make sure that no other family ever has to suffer through the pain and suffering that we have endured. We are asking for your support in helping us achieve these goals. It is our hope that all air travelers can travel safely and continue to enjoy the American Dreams of ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’ that was so tragically taken from our loved ones.
As you move forward and are faced with issues regarding aviation safety, please consider the testimonials below. We hope that you will come to realize the value of our loved ones lives, lost on Continental Flight #3407, transcend any dollar amount, and that this crash did not affect a mere fifty people; instead it took a precious toll on thousands. It is a toll that will not last merely days, weeks, months, or even years; it will be a part of us forever…our lifetimes.
To read the testimonials in honor of those lost, please click on a name below: