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FAA tightens pilot training requirements

Published Wed, Nov 6, 2013 · 10:00 PM
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[WASHINGTON] Almost four years after an upstate New York commuter plane crash killed 50 people, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday imposed stricter training requirements for commercial airline pilots.

Inexperience, ineptitude and fatigue were to blame for pilot errors that caused the crash of Colgan Air 3407 near Buffalo in February 2009, according to investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB concluded that the pilot and co-pilot did the exact opposite of what was needed to save the plane after it lost speed and stalled.

"This will give our pilots the most advanced training available to handle emergency events that they may experience," said FAA administrator Michael Huerta. "This is one of the most significant updates of air carrier pilot training in the last 20 years."

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