- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

CLARENCE, N.Y. (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 on New York’s Hudson River, appeared Monday with Sen. Charles Schumer near the site of the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence.

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

Sullenberger said the country owes it to those who died on the flight not to let that happen.

Investigators blamed the Flight 3407 crash on pilot error.

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