Support Local News.

At a moment of historic disruption and change with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the calls for social and racial justice and the upcoming local and national elections, there's never been more of a need for the kind of local, independent and unbiased journalism that The Day produces.
Please support our work by subscribing today.

Blumenthal writes to FAA about safety after several small plane crashes

HARTFORD (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling for stronger safety measures following a spate of deadly small aircraft crashes.

The Connecticut Democrat sent a letter Friday to Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta outlining his concerns.

Blumenthal said Connecticut has seen a string of eight small aircraft crashes and six fatalities so far this year. He said that's on track to be the deadliest year for plane accidents in over a decade.

In the letter, Blumenthal urges the FAA to investigate training, medical vetting, maintenance, safety regulations and resources to look for ways to prevent future tragedies.

He said that while there hasn't been a fatal crash involving a commercial airline in eight years, general aviation presents what he called "a troubling tale that consists of hundreds of deadly crashes each year."

 

READER COMMENTS

Loading comments...
Hide Comments

TRENDING

PODCASTS