Congressman Wants FAA, NTSB Leaders Fired

 - November 13, 2006, 6:27 AM

Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) in a letter last Thursday asked President Bush to replace FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker because they have not grounded the Mitsubishi MU-2. Early last year Tancredo asked the FAA to ground the turboprop twin “due to its shockingly high accident rate.” In lieu of grounding the aircraft until the NTSB could perform a thorough investigation into the airworthiness of the MU-2, Tancredo agreed with the manufacturer that the FAA should mandate a type rating to weed out unskilled pilots. Instead, the FAA decided to implement a regulation requiring additional periodic training of MU-2 pilots. “There have been three fatal crashes since the FAA’s decision, and yet no new regulation has been put in place,” Tancredo said. “Because Blakey and Rosenker have consistently failed to take appropriate action on this issue despite repeated warnings about the aircraft’s suitability for use, I believe the public would be well served if they were replaced by administrators willing to act swiftly and deliberately on this matter.”