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Feb 4, 2010 11:31 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Watchdog: FAA safety initiatives lagging

A government watchdog says eight of 10 safety initiatives promised after a regional airline crash last year are behind schedule or are not meeting goals.

Transportation Department Inspector General Calvin Scovel also said stepped-up inspections of airline pilot training intiated after the accident were not effectively put in place. He made the comments Thursday in prepared testimony to a House panel.

Federal Aviation Administration officials didn't immediately respond to the criticism.

FAA issued a 200-page report last week touting its safety progress since the Feb. 12, 2009, crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407, which crashed into a house near Buffalo, N.Y., killing all 49 people aboard and one man in the house.

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