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Q&A: Colombia asked FAA, NTSB to help with San Andrés Island crash investigation

Colombia sought FAA, NTSB aid

The recent plane crash at San Andrés Island involved a Colombian aircraft, flown to a non-U.S. airport, with no U.S. involvement aside from eight U.S. citizens, yet it is being investigated by our FAA. Why? This incident is not our business. Isn't there anything we don't stick our nose into anymore?

Two U.S. agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), were asked to assist in the investigation of the Aug. 16 plane crash by the Colombian government.

Because of their expertise, the NTSB and FAA are often asked for help with investigations of major international aviation accidents.

The NTSB is an independent agency that investigates plane crashes, determines the probable cause and makes safety recommendations about them. It has no regulatory power. The FAA, which of course is the regulator, also does its own investigations of plane crashes with the NTSB so it can make more informed decisions about regulation. It has an accident investigation division that has about a dozen people. But the NTSB is the lead agency for the investigations.

The agencies will work with the Colombian Air Force and the Colombia Civil Aviation Authority. Boeing Corp. also is sending representatives to help since the plane was a Boeing 737-700.

Aires Flight 8250, going from Bogota, Colombia, to San Andrés Island off the coast of Nicaragua, crashed as it was trying to land. The plane split into three pieces. Amazingly, only one of the 131 people aboard died, and preliminary indications are that was the result of a heart attack.

Bright House, NFL still talking

We are now approaching the third year without the NFL Network on Bright House. Why can't these people come to some kind of agreement to benefit the many football fans in the Tampa market? Most all other cable and satellite systems carry the NFL Network.

Bright House and the NFL Network remain at an impasse after years of negotiation. The issue, of course, is mostly about money. Bright House doesn't want to pay what the NFL Network wants to charge. Also at issue is where the network would land on Bright House's channel lineup.

This quote from the NFL in September 2009 remains its position today: "We are extremely disappointed that Bright House is unwilling to reach an agreement to carry the NFL Network on terms that are fair and reasonable and consistent with other distributors. . . ."

Bright House's senior director for corporate communications, Joe Durkin, said that while there is no change in the status of negotiations, the talks are ongoing. "We remain optimistic. The door is still open and we're still talking. We hope it is resolved soon," he said.

Bright House has more than a million customers in the Tampa Bay area.

Q&A: Colombia asked FAA, NTSB to help with San Andrés Island crash investigation 08/30/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 30, 2010 5:23pm]
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