Colgan Air, FAA, Lawmakers Respond To NTSB Findings
Reacting to Tuesday's conclusions from the NTSB blaming the flight crew for the fatal crash last February, Colgan Air released a statement saying the crew had been properly trained. "They knew what to do in the situation they faced that night a year ago, had repeatedly demonstrated they knew what to do, and yet did not do it," the company wrote. "We cannot speculate on why they did not use their training in dealing with the situation they faced ... We want to make clear again that our pilots are highly trained to handle all situations they may encounter." The FAA also issued a statement, saying they will soon publish proposed federal rules to prevent pilot fatigue and further improve training. "Airline passengers deserve an expertly trained and well-rested crew, whether they are flying on a major or a regional jet," the FAA said. "Pilots must be trained for the mission they are flying and the FAA already is working to further improve their professional qualifications." The NTSB report also prompted response from lawmakers in Washington.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he wants the FAA to require pilots to log 1,500 hours to get a commercial pilot's license. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said she will sponsor a Flight 3407 Memorial Act to make NTSB safety recommendations mandatory, according to the New York Daily News.