CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Many loved ones who couldn't travel to Washington for the NTSBhearings, are watching it together in western New York.
Turning tragedy into triumph, that is the hope of many familiesat Millennium Hotel in Cheektowaga. About 30 families gathered atthe hotel Tuesday, around 9:30 a.m, to watch the hearings.
Karen Wielinski was one of the first to get situated Tuesdaymorning, sitting up near the front. As you may know, the plane camedown on her Long Street home, killing her husband. She and herdaughter miraculously escaped.
News 4 spoke with Jim Neill, his daughter Jennifer died in thecrash. So far, he hasn't heard anything new, but is impressed withhow thorough the NTSB has been. He and others are really anxious tohear what recommendations will be made, to make aviation safer, andthose recommendations probably won't come until later Tuesday.
Neill said, "This is an excellent session, it just takes all ofus into the details, and confirms what we thought."
What would Neill like to see come out of this?
"We need mandated legislation in regards to pilot training,"said Neill.
Tuesday is a long day for the families, many of them goingthrough a mix of emotions.
Representatives from Pinnacle, Colgan and Continental are at theMillennium Hotel, watching the hearings with the victims' lovedones.
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