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US airline safety advocates sue DOT and FAA

Seek to force adoption of safety recommendations made as far back as mid-1990s.

US airline safety advocates sue DOT and FAANEWARK, NJ, February 25, 2009 — Airline safety advocates filed a lawsuit Tuesday to force the US Department of Transportation to adopt long-standing safety recommendations in the wake of a deadly plane crash in New York earlier this month.

The complaint, brought by Gail Dunham, executive director of the National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation, was filed in US District Court in Washington, DC, and names Department of Transportation Secretary Ray H LaHood and Lynne A Osmus, acting administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Dunham's group says the government is not improving air safety fast enough.

The lawsuit seeks to force the government to approve safety measures recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board as far back as the mid-1990s.

The suit accuses the DOT and FAA of continuing to "shirk their duties to the traveling public" by not doing so.

The DOT oversees the FAA, which has the power to put new safety measures in place. The NTSB is an independent investigative body. . .

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  Airline safety advocates sue FAA, DOT in bid to force them to pass air safety recommendations, by David Porter, Canadian Business, February 25 2009

Posted: February 25, 2009

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