BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Families unable to make it to Washington for the hearing arerelying on each other to remain strong as more answers arerevealed.
Families have been watching the NTSB hearing live at theMillennium Hotel in Cheektowaga via satellite in the ClevelandRoom. It's been a long emotional day for all of them, including aClarence mom who lost her husband and her home in the crash.
"This is something that happened at my house and that's hard,"said Karen Wielinski.
Wielinski can easily recall the night Flight 3407 crashed intoher Clarence home. She not only lost her husband, she and herdaughter survived.
"I don't go to the site often, no. It's rough. It's rough for mygirls to go down and see the site," said Wielinski.
Wielinski and about 30 family members whose loved ones perishedin the crash watched the hearing at the Millennium Hotel. ShannonGreen's husband Brad was on that flight. His wedding band wasretrieved. She wears it around her neck.
Green said, "There's still a lot of grief. He's the leader ofour family. He's my husband."
Green's pushing for mandated legislation regarding pilottraining.
"A captain, to me, means a leader. Someone ready to go, ready tolead and I'm disappointed and I expect more from the industry,"said Green.
Michael Monachino hopes the FAA listens to the recommendations.His wife Dawn was killed on that flight.
"It is a great opportunity, but I'm not all that confident thatchanges will be made. The aviation industry is lobbying hard tokeep changes from being made," said Michael Monachino.
But the 3407 group is well-organized and stands united and KarenWielinski is right there with them.
"The work to do now is to get the recommendations implementedand to get some changes made that are gonna stop things like thisfrom happening," said Wielinski.
And Karen says she's very pleased that the findings are beingreleased prior to the one year anniversary. She's not sure whatshe's going to do, but she does know for sure that won't be goingto the site.
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