Twelve years after the crash of the Air Air Flight 3407, the loved ones of the 50 victims finally got from the provincial government what they had been looking for - a pledge to make a U.S. database. To track down bad pilots.
But it may be a few years before that long-awaited database is fully deployed.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday provided a green light on the construction of aircraft database that will compile a history of recruitment, training, qualifications, and drug and alcohol messages for pilots - and which airlines will need to consult before making a lease.
"It has been a long journey for the families of Colgan Flight 3407, but their relentless representation and continued cooperation with the FAA have made this database a reality," FAA manager Steve Dickson said in a statement. "With it, employers will be able to make more informed and informed hiring decisions to keep the skies safe."
Debris of the Air Air Flight 3407 crash in Clarence, NY
Staff and investigators removed debris from the crash site of the Air Air Flight 3407 on February 16, 2009, in Clarence, NY David Duprey / Pool with Getty Images file
Marvin Renslow, pilot of Flight 3407, failed an FAA test, popularly known as a "checkride," three times before being hired by Colgan Air, a Pinnacle Airlines regional manager who lost his business after an accident that killed February 12, 2009. He too was killed.
"If we knew what we know now, he wouldn't be in that chair," Pinnacle Airlines President Philip Trenary said during a Senate hearing at his death in August that year.
The struggle to create such a database began shortly after a flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Buffalo, New York, with 49 people, crashed into a house in Clarence, New York. Doug Wielenski, 61, the owner of the home, was also killed.
The FAA until June 11 will publish the final law in the Federal Register and it will take a few months before operators are required to use the database. Operators will be around December before they begin to review existing FAA records in the database and will not be required to submit records to the database until June 2022, according to a copy of the final online law.
But the timeline remains unclear as the final law stipulates that operators have three days and 90 days from the date the FAA publishes the new law to "fully comply", the copy said.
Asked to be further clarified on the timeline for the release and, in response, the FAA said: "This is the maximum number of time workers who should apply this rule. The FAA urges operators to work to implement this rule as soon as possible."
PHOTO: Family and friends of the victims of the Colol Air Flight 3407 crash
The family and friends of the victims of the Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash near Buffalo, NY, listen to the flight attendants testify during a House Committee hearing June 16, 2010. Haraz N. Ghanbari / AP file
Relatives of Flight 3407 said the faster this was done.
"It's incredibly important, because of what happened with Flight 3407, that the airline has a complete and complete picture of the pilot's records," Susan Bourque, her sister, Beverly Eckert, who died in the crash, told The Buffalo News earlier. “This will ensure that what happened will never happen again, as opposed to how the program was stopped earlier. This is the main reason for this law. "
Investigators of the National Transportation Board suspect early on that Renslow made a serious mistake by leaving a plane flying overhead as snow builds over the wings and tail. By the time the plane crashed into a 26-second sink - and the controls were back in Renslow's hands - there was no time to make a stress call.
Following the tragedy, Congress in 2010 demanded that the FAA create a record for electronic pilot records. But the test version released by the agency in 2017 was not working.
The agency was therefore given until 2020 to come up with a new version and the FAA lost the deadline again, according to published reports.
Meanwhile, the families of the victims continued to pressure Congress to take action, and in 2019 the NTSB cited FAA's failure to create a database as part of the Atlas Air cargo plane crash outside Houston that killed three people.