Clarence Center, NY – For the past 12 years, the Flight 3407 family has worked endlessly to keep us all safe in the air.
This Friday they are celebrating an important milestone.
The · Pilot Record Database Officially published on Thursday. This gives airlines insight into the pilot’s flight history, including accidents and incidents reported on the job.
By 2024, all airlines will enter pilot records into the database.
One of the victims of Flight 3407 was Beverly Eckert, who lost her husband in another catastrophe in a plane crash a few years ago.
“She flew to Buffalo,” said Karen Eckert, Beverly’s sister. “On the weekend of February 12th, 2009, I received a memorial scholarship for Sean Rooney, the name of her husband who was killed in Tower 2 on September 11th. She was supposed to meet a young man who received the scholarship. The next morning she presented him with an award in memory of her husband, which she never received. “
Like her sister Beverly, Karen Eckert and other families of the victims of the Flight 3407 crash worked to improve flight safety. Her job was made easier by the cause of the 2009 accident that killed 50 people at the Clarence Center. The NTSB reported that the crash was due to a pilot’s error and could be avoided.
After a bitter battle, the release of the pilot’s record database on Thursday brought the long-awaited victory. Defending these families and working with politicians like MP Brian Higgins have ensured that others can find loved ones for more than a decade after they escape.
“I am very happy that the US airline has not crashed in 12 years. I’m happy with what Congress wanted, and the National Transportation Safety Board is in the book. Get up and hope it’s protected. It has to obey and that’s where we are. And what you can do is try your best to achieve it and give it to everyone. It’s just a matter of implementation. “
Another major achievement for the Family Aviation Safety Act of 2010 Aircraft passengers were able to know exactly who was flying the aircraft, whether it was a local airline or a major airline. Colgan Air, for example, was an airline in the region with untrained pilots. Two of these pilots flew Flight 3407.
“When flight 3407 crashed here, it was called Continental flight 3407,” said Eckert. “But when the family got together to get information from the airline, we didn’t hear Continental Airlines, we heard people calling” Kolgan Airlines. “I didn’t even know who Colgan Air was. It was then that I learned that Colgan Air had a contract with Continental Airlines but did not use the name. I used Continental Airlines which was a big airline at the time. .. “
Karen Eckert’s fight wasn’t just about her sister. She says this newest element of the 2010 Aviation Safety Act is to honor all victims and ensure the safety of those standing with other families and traveling by air.
“I know these families, these people are real to me,” said Eckert about the victims. “I know her mother’s pain. Her husband. Her sons. Your women. Her sisters. They are all real people. So when you think of people in their heads. And you don’t stop And you do it for them and you do it for us: our people who still fly. And it’s difficult, yeah – but you never think about stopping. “