WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIVB) - It was among the issues cited in the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center. The FAA has issued a proposed rule to deal with the issue of pilot fatigue.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, "When it comes to safety, we're not going to take a back seat to anybody."
In Washington, LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt unveiled proposed pilot fatigue rules. They include making it mandatory for pilots to have nine hours of rest between work days, compared with eight right now. Pilots would also have the right to decline to fly, without penalty, if they're too tired.
Robin Tolsma said, "It took this crash to make them reactive, because they're not proactive."
Tolsma and Jennifer West, who lost their husbands when Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center 19 months ago, listened to the Washington, D.C. news conference by phone. They have been critical of the FAA for not acting fast enough on safety measures.
LaHood tried to explain the delay, saying, "They take so long because there's a lot of people involved. There's a lot of different stakeholders. There's a lot of different issues that had to be addressed. Nobody agrees with that statement more than we do. This has taken too long. But given the fact that from the time of the Colgan Air crash, and where we are today, we're a lot quicker than any other administration in the history of the Department of Transportation."
"Yes, this is all a step forward. This is great. This is a great tribute to the 3407 people, but it's still not fast enough," said Tolsma.
West added, "These rules should have been set in place crashes ago. Just because we were vocal, and would not go away, I believe that's why they're acting. And you know what? It's still not fast enough for me because I lost my husband."
The National Transportation Safety Board found that pilot error was among the chief causes of the Clarence Center crash, and that pilot fatigue was an issue. The rules are still months, possibly a year away from being final.
Investigators have pieced together who is responsible for dumping a dog on the side of the road inside a zipped up Coors Light thermal bag.
State Police need your help finding the pickup truck driver who pinned a mother against her vehicle as she was loading her baby and young son into it and then fled the scene.
A house became engulfed in flames on Route 243, in Rushford, early Wednesday morning.
The Cattraugus County Sheriff’s Office says a 17-year-old male from East Otto was arrested on Monday evening.
News 4 will get a tour of the new gaming floor at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel on Wednesday. The casino pumped $26 million into the main gaming floor.
The Mounted Patrol from the Erie County Sheriff’s Department is kicking off its annual Mounted for Meals food drive.