The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) acting chief has issued a “safety call to action” after several narrowly-averted catastrophes in the past few months have raised serious concerns throughout the aviation community.
It’s a public acknowledgement that the agency is acutely aware of those incidents, and is taking steps to investigate and learn from them.
In an agency memo, FAA Acting Administrator Billy Nolen announced the formation of a “safety review team” to look into “structure, culture, processes, systems and integration of safety efforts” across the national airspace system, including among air traffic controllers.
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Recent incidents include close calls on runways in Austin and New York City, a bus crash into a towed aircraft in Los Angeles, and a terrifying descent near Honolulu.
FAA issues “safety call to action” after several near-disasters https://t.co/oIs5wkPQNX
— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) February 15, 2023