New pilot rules may have led to a shortage

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – It looks like new rules adopted by the FAA following years of pressure from families who lost loved ones when Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center may have some unintended side effects.

New safety regulations, including rest and training rules, may cut down on the number available pilots. These new standards are hurting smaller airlines. Some had to suspend certain routes or shut down altogether.

On Friday we expect to learn more when the Government Accountability Office plans to release its months-long study of nationwide pilot shortages.

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