WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIVB) - The problems that caused the crash of Flight 3407 are not newand that is hard for the families to hear, but western New Yorkfamilies who lost a lot of loved ones are getting a lot of help nowin their fight to bring about change.
It was an emotional start for some families of crash victims whohad not seen the video of the flight simulation of flight 3407going out of control.
Jennifer West, who lost her husband, said, "I just can't imaginethe fear that everyone felt and I'm glad I watched it because Iwant to be with him in every moment."
Fear brought on after the Colgan pilots mishandled the warningsays the NTSB, that the plane was about to stall. A response thatmay have reflected inadequate training by Colgan Air on theprevention and recovery of full stalls.
"In the airline industry there's a saying that, "speed is life"and clearly the plane went down because they weren't monitoringtheir speed," said John Kausner, father of crash victim.
The NTSB has more than 20 safety recommendations for the FAA,including areas of pilot performance, training, and fatigue.
"These are issues that we've seen time and time again andunfortunately, it's taken 50 more lives for us to focus additionalattention on these issues that have not been addressed," saidDeborah Hersman, NTSB chair.
The FAA's slow response to change has been frustrating for thesefamilies and their supporters, including a co-pilot that helpedland a plane on the Hudson.
"It's been a year now since this accident and absolutely nothinghas changed. We've got nothing but rhetoric and studies and talkfrom the FAA," said U.S. Airways co-pilot Jeff Skiles.
The families are insisting on 1,500 hours of flight training forregional airline pilots. Jennifer West brought a rock from thecrash site and an angel carrying the name 'Becky' for the mother of3407 co-pilot Rebecca Shaw.
"It's to let her know that she's going through the same painthat we feel of losing a daughter and that, you know, we standbehind her," said West.
"I just want to the families and their friends who lost people,to the families I'm sorry for their loss," said Lyn Morris, motherof co-pilot Rebecca Shaw.
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