BUFFALO, N.Y. (RELEASE) - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing today isan important milestone in understanding what happened a year agowhen Flight 3407 crashed outside Buffalo, New York, but it does notdiminish the tragedy in which 50 people lost their lives.
We want to reiterate our heartfelt condolences to the familiesand friends of those who lost their lives in the accident,including five of our employees.
We want to make clear again that our pilots are highly trainedto handle all situations they may encounter. Like all Colganpilots, Captain Renslow and First Officer Shaw had thorough initialand recurrent training on how to recognize an impending stallsituation and recover from it.
By all accounts, Captain Renslow and First Officer Shaw werefine people. But they knew what to do in the situation they facedthat night a year ago, had repeatedly demonstrated they knew whatto do, and yet did not do it. We cannot speculate on why they didnot use their training in dealing with the situation theyfaced.
Since the accident, we examined every aspect of our operationsto make sure that everything that could be done was being done. Asa result, and as we have already publicly said, we have taken anumber of important and specific steps to further enhance all ofour training and hiring programs.
We want to make clear that we have repeatedly proven ourcommitment to safety. With the acquisition of Colgan Air in 2007,we immediately began to invest millions of dollars in upgrades tocrew training, operations, leadership and equipment, and wecontinually work to enhance all of our programs because we aretotally committed to safety. There can be no greater priority.
Prior to the accident, we had also proactively begun to adopt afull range of voluntary safety initiatives recommended by the NTSBand the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and did so before anycalls were made for such programs to be mandatory. With theseinvestments, we have established the same or better capabilities asevery other major carrier in the United States.
We are proud of the skill and professionalism of our flightcrews and of all our 5,000 employees and of the systemic culture ofsafety throughout our organization.
We will review closely the findings and recommendations of theNTSB, and we will work closely with our industry colleagues andregulators to reinforce this primary industry objective.
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