Senators question FAA on pilot commute statistics

02/26/2010 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Senators expressed dismay on Thursday that the FAA has no firm figures on pilot commutes, more than a year after pilot fatigue figured into a fatal crash near Buffalo, N.Y. Peggy Gilligan, an FAA safety official, told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that the accident rate is declining despite the widespread practice of pilot commutes. "Many pilots have commuted throughout their careers and have done so very responsibly," she said.

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