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Delays in anti-fatigue rules criticized

Lawmakers are demanding Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood fulfill a promise he made last year after an airline crash in Buffalo, N.Y., that killed 50 people to write new rules aimed at preventing pilot fatigue.

The top Democratic and Republican members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its aviation subcommittee sent LaHood a letter on Wednesday asking why new rules haven't been proposed and urging quick action.

Administration officials said last summer they would propose new rules before the end of 2009. That deadline has been repeatedly pushed back. A proposal is now anticipated in September.

Lawmakers said rules on how many hours airlines can require pilots to work haven't been overhauled in 60 years.

-- Associated Press

By Michael Bolden  | June 10, 2010; 3:23 PM ET
Categories:  Airlines, Transportation Politics  
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