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FAA blames shutdown for missed safety rule deadline

Washington - The partial government shutdown caused a delay in the issuing of new training rules for pilots.

The families of the victims of the deadly plane crash 3407 outside Buffalo in 2009 have pushed for the new training rules.

The crash of 3407 was blamed on pilot fatigue -- among other factors.

The FAA said it had planned to issue new pilot training rules at the beginning of October, but employees working on the rules were furloughed because of the impasse in Washington.

The agency is now working on putting those rules in place, but after the delay, it is unclear how soon that will happen.

 
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