New York City Police and Fire Department personnel secure the scene in front of a building in midtown Manhattan where a helicopter crash landed, Monday, June 10, 2019. The Fire Department says the helicopter crash-landed on the top of the tower, which isn't far from Rockefeller Center and Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Schumer urges FAA to require data recorders in helicopters

June 16, 2019 - 1:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to require all helicopters be equipped with data recorders after a deadly chopper crash in New York City.

Sen. Charles Schumer says the FAA failed for years to heed warnings from federal safety investigators and must act now to require the data recorders in helicopters, like they are in commercial planes.

The National Transportation Safety Board has pushed the FAA to implement its safety recommendation. But the agency says the FAA has claimed the benefits of recorders are "difficult to identify."

A helicopter crashed on the roof of a Manhattan skyscraper last week, killing the pilot. It wasn't equipped with a flight data recorder or a cockpit voice recorder.

The FAA called Schumer's request "premature" pending the crash investigation.

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