Safety Recommendations from 2009 Hudson River Landing Remained Unfulfilled

September 16, 2016

Sully is heading into its second weekend at the top spot in movie theatre but after 7 years, Of the 35 recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in response to the incident involving US Airways Flight 1549, which made an emergency landing on the Hudson River in New York in 2009, only 6 have been heeded.  The Associated Press review of board records. Of the remaining 29, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have deemed 14 as unacceptable, one has been withdrawn and the remaining are in limbo. For example: It was sheer chance that the plane, an Airbus A320, was equipped with rafts, life vests and seat cushions that can be used for flotation. The equipment is only required on "extended overwater" flights, and not on Flight 1549's New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, route, which is over land. The NTSB recommended requiring life vests and flotation cushions on all planes, regardless of the route. But the FAA responded that it was leaving that up to the airlines. The board also recommended that vest storage be redesigned for easier retrieval. The NTSB's investigation found that only 10 passengers retrieved life vests and not all of them put them on correctly.

SOURCE: Newser

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