According to the New York Times “Roughly 15 years ago, the federal agency that investigates air disasters(NTSA) made a plea for more data on the air-tour industry, to improve safety for helicopter, airplane, balloon and airship flights around the nation. Six years later, it asked again.” Preventable fatal tragedies continue.

“Deborah A. P. Hersman, the safety board chairwoman, in an interview Thursday sharply criticized a process that, she said, sometimes takes “2 years, 4 years, 10 years” to see the board’s recommendations achieved.’We issue them because we think they can save lives and improve safety,’ Ms. Hersman said of the board’s recommendations. The board does not have the authority to carry out or enforce its recommendations.”

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