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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 it�shard to justify imposing costly new safety rules on the economically fragile industry. It�s been 43 months since the last deadly domestic airline crash, on Feb. 12, 2009. That�s the longest period without a fatal accident since commercial aviation exp

Flight 3407 Five Years Later: How Have Flights Been Safer?

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Five years ago today, Flight 3407 crashed into a home on Long Road in Clarence. Since that time, how much has been done to improve flight safety?

Robin Tolsma, who lost her husband in that crash, says commercial airlines are on par with new flight safety standards, but it's regional carriers who are resistant to change. "If you can't train your pilots, you don't have safe pilots, and if you go bankrupt, oh well," says Tolsma, who contends the regional airlines are more concerned with profits than safety. She says there needs to be one level of safety for that reason.

Tolsma says she loves the fact pilots have to rest. "We know Rebecca Shaw was tired, the full idea of her having a cold is moot. She traveled from Seattle to New Jersey to catch a flight to Buffalo," explains Tolsma. She also is pleased airlines must tell you who's flying that plane. "Whether it's a regional carrier taking over for a commercial carrier or what kind of aircraft it is, that's a big difference. An educated flyer is the best flyer you can have," says Tolsma.

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