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Sen. Schumer cites similarities between SFO, Buffalo crashes in call for safety regulations

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the FAA to improve aviation safety regulations that could help prevent crashes like the recent crash landing in San Francisco.

In a press conference on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Schumer pointed out that there are many similarities between the crash over the weekend and a plane that went down in Buffalo back in 2009.

Both were a result of errors in pilot training. “Pilots in these crashes are mishandling air speed, which can lead to fatal stalls,” Schumer said.

The FAA proposed new training guidelines for co-pilots.  They will now have to complete 1,500 hours as a pilot to become fully-certified for passenger flights.