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7 Years After Hudson River Plane Crash, 29 Of The 35 Safety Recommendations Remain Unimplemented

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7 Years After Hudson River Plane Crash, 29 Of The 35 Safety Recommendations Remain Unimplemented

It's been seven years since US Airways Group Inc (NYSE: LLC) Flight 1549 made its iconic water landing in the Hudson River, but despite the onslaught of safety recommendations after the incident, most remain unimplemented. Unfortunately, because of the complicated, albeit inevitable, relationships involved in doing business with government and government-related entities, that part of the story comes as little surprise.

35 Recommendations Made; 6 Implemented

For background, as retold by the Associated Press, "an airline captain saved 155 lives by ditching his crippled airliner in the Hudson River [...] of the 35 recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board [...] only six have been successfully completed," the Associated Press continued.

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"The FAA was very upset back then that we made any recommendations at all," the AP quoted Tom Haueter, an NTSB investigator and head of aviation safety at the time, as saying. He added, "They [the FAA] thought this was a success story." But the investigators wanted to put procedures into place to make sure this didn't happen again. Haueter continued, "This could happen again and we want to make sure that if it does, there are some better safety measures in place."

The recommendations that weren't addressed "deal with pilot training, directions for pilots facing the loss of power in both engines, equipping planes with life rafts and vests and making it easier for passengers to use them, among other issues," according to the AP.

In light of the recent Warner Bros. (Time Warner Inc (NYSE: TWX)) release of "Sully," — a reenactment based on the events of Flight 1549 — it is high time to reconsider the implications of not implementing the safety advisories circulated after the incident.

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