CLARENCE CENTER, N.Y. (WIVB) - Families and loved ones came together Tuesday night to mark four years since Continental connection Flight 3407 went down in Clarence Center.
Around 40 to 50 people gathered at the crash site. Many of the family members spent the anniversary in Washington to put pressure on the FAA and lawmakers to make airline safety reforms.
Those that gathered remembered the 50 people who died, including one woman who was pregnant, by lighting candles for each person aboard Flight 3407. At 10:17 p.m., the time the plane went down and hit a home on Long Street, a moment of silence was held, followed by a trombone playing "Amazing Grace."
Tom Thompson, who organized the event, said, "All of the names are going to be read by family members and member of Elly's Angels. All 51 names, including the unborn baby. Elly's Angels was in memory of Elly Kausner. She was a free spirit and inspiration to all of the girls. It's a program, a mentorship for young woman. It supports in Carly's Club, Roswell and the Special Olympics and other programs across WNY."
"It just seems like it gets a little harder every year, just as the years go by," said Barbara Weaver, who lost her daughter-in-law in the crash. "She's missed so many things that have gone on."
Kari Moley of Elly's Angels said, "I was woken up in the middle of the night. We were about to travel for a cheerleading competition. My coach wouldn't come with us because her sister was on this flight."
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