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ALPA SEEKS 'ONE LEVEL OF SAFETY' FOR AIRLINES OPERATING OVER WATER

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Air Line Pilots Association issued the following:
 The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) has voiced its opposition to a recent petition by Comair Airlines to conduct overwater flights without federally required emergency equipment on two routes crossing parts of the Gulf of Mexico.
 Unlike major airlines which routinely fly overwater routes, many air carriers that operate turboprops have relatively little experience with requirements for extended operations over water. ALPA's comments were in response to a specific petition by Comair. The association is concerned that overwater operations by all regional airlines must provide a level of safety equivalent to that of the larger airlines.
 ALPA cited Comair's plans to fly across these overwater routes without any water survival emergency equipment other than seat cushions and life vests. ALPA noted the absence of emergency equipment such as the life raft, Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) and survival kits including flares, markers, and water, writing that an equivalent level of safety is not provided without these necessities.
 ALPA also said that Comair should provide additional training to assure the safety of passengers and crew members. Training for a water landing or "ditching" should include flying simulated water approaches and joint pilot/flight attendant training in an actual water environment, thereby enabling the crew to operate with an adequate level of confidence if faced with an emergency event on an overwater flight.
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 /CONTACT: John Mazor of the Air Line Pilots Association, 202-797-4060/


CO: Air Line Pilots Association; Comair Airlines ST: District of Columbia IN: AIR SU:

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