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Families remember Flight 3407 victims

Clarence, N.Y. -- Five years after a deadly plane crash near Buffalo, the people who lost loved ones that night were back at the scene.

Bells tolled, candles flickered and names were read aloud of the 50 people killed when Continental Flight 3407 crashed into a home in Clarence Center.

Everybody just needs a hug, said Ruthann Stilwell of Webster, who lost her sister in the crash. You hug and the tears come, but its a good thing that were all together.

Pilot error was blamed for the crash. The victims families have fought for tougher pilot training and regulations on fatigue. They said will continue to fight for changes in the years to come.

In the meantime, the families sad theyre finding comfort in one another, making sure their loved ones are not forgotten.

Getting to know the other family members and the people on the plane arent just numbers to me now, said Karen Wielinski, whose husband, Doug, was the crashs only victim on the ground after the plane crashed into their house. I know some of their stories, so I think its a little more painful for me because I associate their pain with mine.

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Washington Times