8/28/2009

The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday urged federal regulators to require separate altitudes for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft flying in New York's Hudson River corridor. In a 10-page letter to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, the NTSB also recommended special training for pilots who fly in the area. The board's report came just before an FAA panel is scheduled to present its own findings on air safety in the Hudson corridor. "We won't have any comment on the NTSB's recommendations until we have a chance to look at the recommendations of our own working group," an FAA spokeswoman noted.

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