Sky Strain: The FAA is falling down on the job, critics say

The FAA is falling down on the job, critics say

Anyone planning to travel by air this summer could only be discouraged last week by the barrage of criticism hurled at the U.S. agency that is supposed to ensure safety in the skies. In one report after another, the Federal Aviation Administration was assailed for failing to do its job. In a characteristic remark, the National Transportation Safety Board, a separate U.S. agency, described the FAA's management as "inadequate, ineffective and unresponsive." The week's attacks:

-- The NTSB issued a report finding that the FAA bore partial responsibility for last year's accident in which the top of an Aloha Airlines Boeing...

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