Ex-DOT official: US slow in improving air safety

By: By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press Writer
By: By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press Writer

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The former inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation says the government is moving too slowly on improving air safety.

Mary Schiavo and other advocates say they plan to sue federal transportation officials later Tuesday in Washington. They met near Newark Liberty International Airport.

The comments come less than two weeks after a Continental Connection flight that took off from Newark crashed in Clarence, N.Y., killing 50 people.

Schiavo and others say the FAA has lagged on implementing safety improvements in areas such as wing deicing and runway safety.

The Continental Connection flight crashed in icy conditions on Feb. 12, though the investigation continues.

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