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Flight 3407 families to attend NTSB safety forum

Flight 3407 families
WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley
Flight 3407 families

By Eileen Buckley

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Buffalo, NY – Some Flight 3407 family members will be traveling to Washington this week to attend a National Transportation Safety Board forum. The three day safety event begins Tuesday.

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The NTSB forum will focus on Professionalism in Aviation for pilots and air traffic controllers. It's designed to address methods for ensuring performance excellence in both fields.

Flight 3407 families want to attend as they continue pushing for improvements in aviation safety.

"It is another chance to just spot lot our cause. Obviously one part is getting the reauthorization past", said Kevin Kuwik.

Kevin Kuwik's girlfriend, Lorin Mauer was among the 50-people killed in last year's plane crash. Kuwik and other 3407 families have been aggressively lobbying for significant changes in the FAA reauthorization bill. Kuwik plans to attend this week's safety forum to generate visibility.

"Even when the bill gets past, we are still counting on the FAA, we are still counting on the airlines, we are still counting on the pilots all to do their jobs", said Kuwik.

Flight 3407 families want improvements to pilot training and pilot fatigue rules to prevent another air tragedy. Two aviation bills were passed, but Kuwik says the Senate Commerce and House Transportation committees continue to negotiation the final Reauthorization bill. Their target date is too reach agreement by Memorial Day. Kuwik said Flight 3407 families want the President to sign a new bill by July 3rd.

Kuwik said any chance they can have a platform, they will work to meet with people to keep the bill moving forward.

The Reauthorization bill is already on its 13th extension right now.

Last week President Obama met with ten family members of Flight 3407 while in Buffalo, pledging to lend his support to help make regional air travel safer.