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DOT IG to Investigate FAA Oversight of Aircraft Evacuation Procedures


top story photo The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General announced recently that it will examine the FAA's oversight of aircraft evacuation procedures.

The analysis will include "(1) development and updating of aircraft emergency evacuation standards—including how changes in passenger behavior, passenger demographics, and seating capacity—affect the standards and (2) process for determining whether aircraft as currently configured meet evacuation standards," according to the IG office.

The IG review was requested by House Transportation Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) following the evacuation of an American Airlines plane due to an engine fire in October 2016.

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