FAA to Inspect Pilot Training at Regional Airlines

Federal officials say they plan to beef up inspection of pilot training programs at regional airlines.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt said Tuesday in a statement they will also hold an a summit meeting with the airline industry next week to seek better pilot training and other safety improvements.

Babbitt said it was clear from the crash of a regional airliner near Buffalo, New York, in February that safety needs to be improved.

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Testimony at a National Transportation Safety Board hearing last month revealed that a series of critical errors by the captain and co-pilot preceded the crash of the twin engine turboprop on Feb. 12, killing 50.