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Thursday, September 17, 2009

NTSB Chair Testifies on Hudson Midair

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman told the U.S. House Subcommittee on Aviation yesterday that the board sent recommendations to FAA regarding the August 8 crash over the Hudson River “because this accident demonstrated that there is a need for new procedures to be put in place to minimize the risk of collision.” Nine people died as a result of the mid-air collision involving a helicopter and a small aircraft. Hersman noted that FAA has “taken quick action to address operational changes in the Hudson corridor.” FAA announced various proposed changes to the airspace corridor on September 2 in reaction to the accident and mounting pressure from NTSB and the public.
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