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Short-term FAA bill preserves Flight 3407 safety provisions

WASHINGTON -- Aviation safety rules stemming from a 2009 plane crash in Clarence will survive for another six months thanks to congressional action late Thursday.

Both houses of Congress reauthorized funding for Federal Aviation Administration programs -- including those safety rules -- through March 2018.

The funding was set to expire Sunday. Lawmakers couldn't agree on a long-term bill, so they passed a short-term extension.

That's good news for the Families of Continental Flight 3407, which has been fighting a proposal to weaken the requirement that new commercial pilots have 1,500 hours of flying experience.

Local lawmakers vowed to keep fighting for those safety rules.

“These federal regulations save lives and should remain in place," said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, a New York Democrat.

Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican, agreed, saying: “This is a small victory because this short-term authorization did not include any reductions to the pilot training requirements that have been so important to air safety."

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