Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Honor 5th Anniversary of Flight 3407 Tragedy

Feb 12, 2014

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statements today to honor the fifth anniversary of the Flight 3407 tragedy:

“Five years ago, we senselessly lost mothers, brothers, children, loved ones and friends in a tragic accident, and we remember them today with heavy hearts,” said Senator Schumer. “In spite of that tragedy, which shed harsh light on the need to make sweeping changes to our flight safety regulations, the loved ones of those we lost have forged forward in their honor with a singular focus on achieving one level of safety across the airline industry. Without the vigilance and absolutely inspiring dedication of these individuals, we would not be able to say that there are new, safer, laws of the land and sky today.”

“Over the last five years, I have gotten to know many of the families who lost loved ones on this tragic day,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Ever since, they have been a constant and powerful presence in the halls of Congress, working to strengthen our nation’s flight safety standards so no other family has to endure the same kind of senseless loss. It is because of their efforts and passion that we have taken some of the most strident steps to improve our aviation system in years. I am continually inspired by their strength and courage in pursuit of justice. And I am forever thankful for their steadfast advocacy.”