It’s a scene now familiar for anyone who’s followed the aftermath of flight 3407: the families of the victims, clad in red, pushing for a change in airline safety. Their actions led to a landmark law.
On February 12, 2009 a Colgan Air commuter flight was flying from Newark, New Jersey to Buffalo when it crashed into a home in Clarence. By the time daylight struck, investigators were alrady putting together a troubling picture. The pilots, inexperienced and fatigued, weren’t properly trained on how to land in icy conditions. As they made their descent the plane crashed just three miles from the airport.
A year after the crash, Congress passed the Airline Safety Act. The law increased pilot training hours and requires more training for flying in bad weather. It also set up new rest rules between flights and established a database of pilot records.
Since it went into effect in 2010, there hasn’t been a single major crash of a U.S. airline. Experts credit the victims’ families. For ten years, they made countless trips to Washington to make sure a tragedy like the crash of Flight 3407 never happens again.