By Frank James

Responding to the crash between the small private plane and a sightseeing helicopter over the Hudson River near Manhattan last month, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it was taking steps to keep such accidents from happening again.

One of the biggest changes would be the creation of separate zones, one for aircraft flying over the river, another for helicopters and seaplanes.

As excerpt from the FAA's press release:

The safety enhancements would restructure the airspace, mandate pilot operating rules, create a new entry point into the Hudson River airspace from Teterboro, standardize New York area charts and develop new training for pilots, air traffic controllers and businesses that operate helicopters and aircraft in the area.
One of the most significant changes, if adopted, would divide the airspace into altitude corridors that separate aircraft flying over the river from those operating to and from local heliports or seaplane bases.

The crash killed nine people, including a group of five Italian tourists aboard the sight-seeing helicopter.

categories: Accidents and Disasters

6:27 - September 2, 2009