FAA, DOT Sued over Runway Safety, Icing Rules

 - February 26, 2009, 11:05 AM

The National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation (NADA/F) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Tuesday to compel DOT Secretary Ray LaHood to order the FAA to implement safety recommendations from the NTSB concerning runway safety and flight-into-icing conditions. “As a direct result of the DOT and FAA refusal to adopt the safety recommendations, hundreds of lives have been needlessly lost in ‘déjà vu’ disasters that are repeat occurrences of known aviation safety flaws,” the lawsuit claims. Both items have been on the NTSB’s list of “Most Wanted” transportation safety improvements for at least 13 years and both are classified as “unacceptable response” by the Safety Board. NADA/F asked the court to issue a preliminary and permanent injunction that compels the DOT secretary to produce a schedule for implementation of the NTSB recommendations within 90 days of the court order.