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Audit Initiated of Commercial Aviation Accidents, Pilot Experience, and Pilot Compensation

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Large, commercial air carriers have maintained an unprecedented safety record over the last several years, but regional carriers are still a safety concern as they have been involved in the last six fatal commercial accidents. The National Transportation Safety Board cited pilot performance as a potential contributory factor in four of these incidents.

At the request of the Chairmen and Ranking members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and its Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General will begin a review to identify and assess trends in commercial aviation accidents including any correlations between pilot experience and compensation.