Wellstone Crash Aftermath

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NTSB Wants FAA To Beef Up On-Demand Charter Regs...

The NTSB on Tuesday issued several safety recommendations, stemming from the board's final report on the 2002 crash that killed Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone and seven others. The board suggests that the FAA should enhance its oversight of on-demand charter operations, require that such operators who use dual-pilot crews train them in crew resource management, and investigate whether it would be feasible to require low-airspeed alert systems in airplanes used for commercial operations. In its final report, the NTSB found the probable cause of the Wellstone crash to be the failure of the flight crew to maintain adequate airspeed on approach and entering a stall from which they did not recover.