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Flight 3407 families group to fight any changes in pilot-training rules

WASHINGTON -- The airline industry wants to start taking risks again after nearly seven years without commercial aviation fatalities in America, the Families of Continental Flight 3407 said Thursday.

Reacting to the regional airlines’ attempt to cut back some of the safety provisions Congress enacted after the 2009 plane crash in Clarence that claimed 50 lives, the families said the nation has been enjoying an unprecedented stretch without airline fatalities since Congress enacted those safety reforms

“Those results should speak for themselves as to the effectiveness of this law, and it would be absolutely irresponsible for any branch of our government to reverse course and send these regionals a message that they can revert back to their old methods that resulted in six fatal crashes in the previous decade,” said Scott Maurer, who lost his 30-year-old daughter, Lorin, in the crash.

The families said they would continue to fight the Regional Airline Association’s attempt to get the federal government to weaken a part of the law that requires all newly hired pilots to have 1,500 hours of flight experience. The airline group argues that requirement is causing a pilot shortage.