WASHINGTON – Friday was the seventh anniversary of the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407, and the family members of the crash victims marked the day with a statement remembering their loved ones and thanking lawmakers for standing by the aviation safety reforms Congress enacted in response to the crash.
Just a day earlier, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill without any amendments aimed at weakening that safety legislation, which bolstered regulations for pilot experience, training and rest.
“As time marches on, it becomes easier for some to demean our efforts to make sure this never happens again as being misguided or uninformed,” the Families of Continental Flight 3407 said in the statement. “The old saying about never criticizing someone until you walk a mile in their moccasins comes to mind; however, we remain determined to do everything in our power to ensure that these very same people never have to take the lonely walk that we have.”
The families noted that there have been no passenger airline fatalities in America since Congress enacted the 2010 aviation safety legislation that the families advocated.
That, however, does little to ease the pain the families still feel.
“Today, as we do every day, we wake up to sadness and emptiness as we reflect on our loved ones who were so needlessly taken from us seven years ago,” the statement said.