NTSB calls on FAA to strengthen regulation on parachute operations
Charred pieces of what was once a skydiving plane is lifted away from the crash scene as the investigation continues into what happened Friday evening that killed 11 people on board.
According to a National Transportation Safety board member, changes to some Federal Aviation Administration rules could save lives.
"The NTSB has called on the FAA to improve the safety of parachute operations. Some of those recommendations especially with respect to training, maintenance of aircraft and FAA oversight have not been acted on by the FAA," NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy said.
Different types of aircrafts have different regulations with the FAA, parachute operations like sky diving planes are subject to a lower level of regulation from the FAA compared to a commercial airline.
"There are differences in requirements in initial and recurrent training. Like inspection and maintenance of aircraft and difference in how FAA oversees operations. Those may not be issues or factors in this investigation. We will however be looking at that and those differences as part of our analysis in this investigation. It's an area of interest," Homendy said.
The FAA claims it implemented a number of changes to address NTSB recommendations about parachute operations.
An FAA spokesperson released the following statement:
"The safety of all aircraft operations is the FAA's top priority. The FAA required its safety inspectors to conduct increased surveillance of parachute operations, revised the safety guidance we issued to parachute operators, and increased our safety outreach to the parachuting community."