Ten years ago Tuesday, Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed just outside Buffalo.
All 49 people on board and one person on the ground were killed. The plane was en route from Newark, New Jersey and flying in icy conditions when it crashed into a house in Clarence Center, three miles from the Buffalo airport.
Pilot error due to inexperience and fatigue was to blame. The tragedy led to the Airline Safety Act — which requires more pilot training, new rules on rest, and the establishment of a pilot record database.
The database would provide airlines with information about pilot training, qualifications, and employment.
The law was passed in 2010, but the FAA has yet to enact the pilot database. Critics accuse the agency of foot-dragging and Tuesday every single member of the local congressional delegation, including Tom Reed and Joe Morelle, issued statements urging action.
Republican Chris Collins said, “The families have worked tirelessly to make our skies safe. The pilot record database is one of the last pieces of the puzzle and it is time for it to be fully implemented.”