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FAA tries again to fix cover-up of air safety errors

Washington_The Federal Aviation Administration is trying for a second time in three years to stop its managers in Texas from covering up air safety violations.

FAA chief operating officer Hank Krakowski said Thursday he had removed the manager and assistant manager of an air traffic control facility in Dallas-Fort Worth. He also announced a series of steps he said would finally put an end to deliberate underreporting or misreporting of incidents in which airplanes fly closer together than they are supposed to.

Krakowski acknowledged that the agency had promised to do this in 2005. But a new investigation had made clear - as he put it - that those commitments "were not taken seriously by people in my organization who were responsible to do that."

Michael J. Sniffen, AP Writer © 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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