CLARENCE CENTER, N.Y. -- The Federal Aviation Administration took another step Wednesday toward safer skies, as the FAA published new standards for safety that all airlines will have to meet by 2018.
Jennifer West and other Flight 3407 families have been fighting for reform ever since the plane crashed Feb. 12, 2009 in Clarence Center, and although a bill was passed by Congress in 2010, getting the new rules implemented has been a constant struggle.
Summer West's father, Ernie West, was one of the 49 victims aboard the plane. One man was killed when the plane crashed into his house.
Summer was only 2 years old that night. She's now 8.
"I remember when she first sat on my lap and I was crying and she said, 'Mommy are you okay,' and you know, to me, why would you want to put anybody through that if you don't have to, and to me, one level of safety across the board regional commercial, that's what we need," Jennifer said.
"Who would've thought that passing the bill was the easy part, and then afterwards a lot of special interest groups or people who think the almighty dollar is more important than lives come into play."
Jen and her daughter will take the victories where they can, but she's heading back to Washington in February to make sure the FAA and Congress continue to push through the rules established years ago.
For some, the timeframe remains troubling.
"I cannot defend bureaucracy," said Rep. Chris Collins, R-27th District. "As a private sector guy who would have this done next Friday, I cannot defend three years."
"I think it's a question of just getting up to speed and allowing the airlines themselves to develop these plans, to embrace them," Rep. Brian Higgins, D-26th Congressional District, said.