Chesley Sullenberger, Families From Western NY Plane Crash Push Air Safety

CLARENCE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Pilot Chesley Sullenberger and relatives of passengers killed in a western New York plane crash say they’ll fight any efforts to roll back hard-fought flight safety reforms.

Sullenberger, who landed a disabled passenger jet in the Hudson River, was scheduled to appear with Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday morning at Clarence Town Hall, not far from the site of the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in the Buffalo suburb.

They and relatives of those killed in the 2009 crash say regional air carriers may try to use this year’s re-authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration to water down safety standards the families spent years lobbying for, including better pilot training.

Investigators blamed the crash of Flight 3407 on approach to the Buffalo airport on pilot error. All 49 people aboard were killed.

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