Saturday, February 14, 2009

Pelosi Statement on Tragic Plane Crash Outside Buffalo Last Night

13 Feb 2009 19:56 Africa/Lagos

Pelosi Statement on Tragic Plane Crash Outside Buffalo Last Night

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today about the commuter plane that crashed into a house outside of Buffalo, N.Y. late last night, killing all 49 people on board and one person in the home.

"The news of the plane crash in upstate New York last night leaves all of us in Congress with a heavy heart today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who died and with the entire Buffalo community.

"This accident is a tragedy for the entire nation, and a deep, personal loss for so many. Shortly after the terrible tragedy of September 11th, I had the privilege to get to know one of those who died last night: Beverly Eckert. After losing her husband, Sean, on 9/11, she turned her grief into strength by becoming a fierce advocate for improving our national security. I was proud to work with Beverly and so many 9/11 families as we worked to pass legislation to implement the 9/11 Commission reforms. As I told Beverly, without dedicated people like her, there would have been no 9/11 Commission, there would have been no 9/11 Commission recommendations, and there would have been no sweeping changes to make Americans safer.

"I hope it is a small comfort to those who grieve today that so many are praying for them in this sad time."

Source: Office of the Speaker of the House

CONTACT: Brendan Daly, Nadeam Elshami or Drew Hammill, all of the Office
of the Speaker of the House, +1-202-226-7616

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