Local lawmaker urges FAA to implement Flight 3407 safety rules

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Years after a flight tragically crashed, killing 50 people aboard Colgan Air Flight 3407, lawmakers and victims are still trying to improve the safety of air travel.

Rules aimed at improving airline safety have stalled out after being put forward to the Federal Aviation Administration. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the FAA is needlessly dragging its feet to implement the safety reforms.

She says she’s been working with families of those who died in Flight 3407 to pass the 2010 Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act.

Following an audit, Gillibrand says she learned the FAA is reportedly missed several deadlines, including developing a pilot records database that could ensure airlines have access to safety records.

While investigating the Flight 3407 crash, the captain of the flight didn’t disclose failed proficiency checks that happened before Colgan Air hired him.

Gillibrand called for transparency and accountability, saying she wrote a letter urging the FAA to act quickly. The FAA responded, saying they will complete a schedule for their plan for a database by Jan. 31, 2016.

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