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U.S: Airline trade group opposes rule to fight pilot fatigue

16 September 2011

The Air Transport Assn. issued an statement claiming the new rule proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would increase the industry’s costs but wouldn’t improve its safety record.

The proposed FAA rule was drafted in response to the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in February 2009. The accident killed 50 people when the plane stalled and plummeted to the earth outside Buffalo, N.Y. It was attributed to pilot error and fatigue.

The proposed rule would set a nine-hour minimum rest period prior to the start of a shift, a one-hour increase over the current minimum.

source: Los Angeles Times

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