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Lawmakers, Flight 3407 families press for database

WASHINGTON – Led by Rep. Brian Higgins, two dozen House members Wednesday pressed the transportation secretary and Federal Aviation Administration to complete the last piece of the flight safety law passed nearly nine years ago after a plane crash in Clarence: a pilot records database aimed at preventing airlines from hiring bad pilots.

"We urge the FAA to make full implementation of the (database) a priority and to provide the timeline for implementation as soon as possible," Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, and the other lawmakers said.

Every other Western New York member of the House signed the letter, which came as the FAA said it plans to complete regulations for the database by mid-September.

Higgins called that target date meaningless, and Karen Eckert, one of the leading members of the Families of Continental Flight 3407, agreed. The FAA had previously set such target dates only to push them back, Eckert said.

Eckert accompanied other family members to Washington, where the pressed for the database to be implemented.

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