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Colgan Defends Pilot Training, Wielinski's Will Not Rebuild Home

By WBFO News

Clarence, NY – Officials at Colgan Air says their training programs for the company's flight crews meet or exceed the regulatory requirements for all major airlines. The statement by the company that operated Continental Connection Flight 3407 was made after investigators said they would examine whether the crew overreacted when an automatic safety system sensed the plane was slowing down dangerously while attempting to land at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport a week ago.

The plane crashed into a home in Clarence, killing all 49 people on board and a man on the ground.

The crash site of Flight 3407 is now in a full remediation mode. Clarence emergency services officials say two contractors will be working today to remove contaminated soil from the site. They say they're still on target for at least some residents of Long Street to return to their homes this weekend.

At a news briefing Thursday morning, Clarence Town Supervisor Scott Bylewski said he met with the family whose home was destroyed by the crash. He said the Wielinski family has requested that a new home not be built on the site. But Bylewski said it's too soon to discuss plans for a memorial.

Bylewski also said area churches are being asked to toll their bells 50 times at 10:20 Thursday night, the exact moment when Flight 3407 crashed one week ago.

This was the final morning briefing by Clarence town officials. Click the audio player above to hear it now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.