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FAA head stresses need for aviation industry to end close calls, renews safety push
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Federal Aviation Administration acting administrator Billy Nolen told industry leaders on Tuesday that there needs to be a new goal of eliminating close calls in the U.S. aviation system.
During the annual InfoShare meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, Nolen said the industry has reduced the risk of fatalities in U.S. commercial aviation by 95% over the past 25 years.
However, "it’s no longer good enough to say that zero is the only acceptable number for fatal accidents," Nolen said. "Going forward, zero has to be the only acceptable number for serious incidents and close calls."
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The comments come as government officials continue to investigate the string of close calls that unfolded since January. Nolen announced in February that he was forming a safety review team to look into the aviation system following the repeated close calls, including incidents involving aircraft at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, in Austin, Texas, and off the coast of Hawaii.