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Congressman Higgins Remembers the Victims of Flight 3407 & Pays Tribute to the Work of their Families

Feb 12, 2015
Press Release

On the 6th Anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407, Congressman Brian Higgins led a letter calling for vigilance in the continued fight for aviation safety reforms and spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives to remember the people who lost their lives and families who love them. 

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Below is the text of Congressman Higgins’ remarks:

“Mr. Speaker, Today marks the sixth anniversary of the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Western New York which forever stole the lives of husbands, wives, sons, daughters, sisters and brothers.  

“Since that tragic day, the families and friends of those taken banded together, as a new family, to give others what their loved ones didn’t have – a safe flight home.

“They descended in red by dozens on Capitol Hill turning pain into persistence, progress and purpose.

“They saw success in the passage of the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act, which establishes “one level of safety,” regardless of size and distance.

“Still there is no rest for these brave families.  Last week I joined them in Capitol Hill to support reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration bill and to speak out against recent industry pushback on safety qualifications. 

“With heavy hearts we remember the people of Flight 3407 and their courageous families. The flying public is safer today because of their work and persistence.”