FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2009, Continental Airlines Flight 3407 operated by Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air, plane burns after it crashed into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y. Safety experts say airline travel has become so safe in the United States itís hard to justify imposing costly new safety rules on the economically fragile industry. Itís been 43 months since the last deadly domestic airline crash, on Feb. 12, 2009. Thatís the longest period without a fatal accident since commercial aviation expanded
3407 Families Meet with New Transportation Secretary
Washington, DC (WBEN) A new transportation secretary is in place, and Wednesday, family members of flight 3407 victims met with him in Washington.
Susan Bourque, whose sister Beverly Eckert died in the 2009 crash, was impressed with Secretary Anthony Foxx. "He was a very good listener, he was very open, and he understood how important our issues are, and gave the commitment to make sure the timelines are kept for the things that need to be done," says Bourque.
Bourque talked with Foxx about the rulemaking, which is going on right now. "We talked about the ones are completed, but most of all, we asked for his commitment to help us get the last three major rulemakings that need to be done from the legislation," explained Bourque. She says the most important of those is the revision of pilot training requirements. She says she's been told that will be done in October and is urging Foxx to push the FAA to get that finished.
Bourque plans to return to Washington in September. "We're not giving up our efforts to push for this training rule and other elements of the legislation yet to come," says Bourque.