FAA Considers New Safety Measures for Low-Flying Aircraft in New York

17 August 2009 (Last Updated August 17th, 2009 18:30)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering implementing additional precautionary measures for low-flying aircraft in New York City following a mid-air crash last week. The FAA issued a reminder of safety measures to pilots flying aircraft in the visual flight area in the c

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering implementing additional precautionary measures for low-flying aircraft in New York City following a mid-air crash last week.

The FAA issued a reminder of safety measures to pilots flying aircraft in the visual flight area in the crowded Hudson River corridor located on Manhattan's west side.

Measures include turning on aircraft lights, flying at speeds below 140kt and adjusting radios to frequencies on which pilots can easily communicate with one another.

FAA administrator Randy Babbit said that last week's air crash between a helicopter and a small plane could have been averted if there had been radio communication.

The FAA has been aiding the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) with its analysis of the collision.

The FAA will then evaluate the NTSB's suggestions, and modify rules if it is required.