FAA fines airline involved in 2009 NY crash

by nph | March 5th, 2012

March 5, 2012

Continental Connection Flight 3407, which was operated by Colgan for Continental Airlines, crashed near Buffalo, New York, on Feb. 12, 2009, killing 50 people. Under a fine proposed Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the regional airline would have to pay $153,000 for failing to give crews on other flights enough time to rest, according to CBS News.

Although crew scheduling was not an issue in the accident, the National Transportation Safety Board said the performance of both pilots was likely impaired by fatigue.

The board blamed the crash on an error by the flight’s captain.

Colgan Air Inc. operated 17 flights from June 2008 to February 2009 in which pilots and flight attendants were scheduled to work seven days in a row, the FAA said.

Regulations require crew members be given 24 hours off after working six straight days.

Also, after scheduling them to work at least eight consecutive hours, Colgan did not give three flight attendants their required rest periods, the agency said. And a pilot was scheduled for more than eight hours of flight time between rest periods, the agency said.

For the first time in decades, the Buffalo accident prompted the FAA to overhaul its regulations on flight crew scheduling in an effort to ensure pilots can get adequate rest.

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