DOT, FAA Release New Pilot Training Rule; 3407 Families React

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - The government is issuing new airline pilot training requirements to address safety issues raised by past accidents, including Flight 3407, which crashed in Clarence nearly 5 years ago.

The crash killed 49 people on-board, including a pregnant woman, plus one person on the ground.

The rule issued by the Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday requires pilots to receive more training on preventing and recovering from an aerodynamic stall in which a plane slows to the point that it loses lift.

The rule also requires airlines to track data on how well pilots perform and orders remedial training for pilots deficient in flying skills.

Other areas addressed by the rule include the monitoring of aircraft systems by pilots, enhanced runway safety procedures and expanded training for dealing with crosswinds.

The changes are among the most significant to pilot training requirements in decades, according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

The families of Flight 3407 victims have been fighting for many years to see these new rules finally implemented. The NTSB investigation into the crash found pilot training one of the key issues.

The new rule was expected to be released last month, but it was delayed due to the government shutdown in Washington.

Associated Press / WGRZ

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