Tonawanda News


February 12, 2014

Time turns 3407 tragedy into story of action


Tonawanda News — Thanks to their courageous and inspirational effort, five years later the traveling public can be assured pilots on smaller airlines are trained as rigorously as their counterparts at major airlines. They have more sleep now and are more alert at a jet liner's controls. They know how to respond to an aerodynamic stall, the final determination of what brought 3407 down.

Reading that day's news — remembering the rush of adrenaline covering it, the crush of emotion seeing it up close — still makes me cry.

In the Feb. 14, 2009 edition, Valentine's Day and two days after the plane went down, we ran an editorial. It's closing paragraphs read:

"Friday we cried together. We mourned and prayed together. In the days to come there will be more tears, more mourning more prayers.

"It seems impossible to say now, but we will get through this. We will endure and, yes, we will grow. We have what is needed most in times like this. We have heart."

Five years later and truer words have never been written.

Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News, as he was five years ago during the crash of Flight 3407. Contact him at or on Twitter, @EricRDuVall.

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