FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt on Wednesday told lawmakers he has ordered a review of an agency program that oversees aging commercial aircraft. His directive was prompted by the forced landing of a Southwest Airlines jetliner last week. "Friday's event was very serious," Babbitt said. "I want to make absolutely certain that what we learn from this accident gets incorporated into our requirements for reviewing aging aircraft." Meanwhile, observers say the incident might prompt the FAA to strengthen inspection requirements for older planes.
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