Report: FAA lags on fulfilling airline safety law - Article Photos 1/1

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2009, file photo, the wreckage of Continental flight 3407 lies amid smoke at the scene after crashing into a suburban Buffalo home and erupting into flames, killing all 48 people aboard and at least one person on the ground, according to authorities. Faced with substantial industry opposition, federal regulators are struggling to implement a sweeping aviation safety law enacted in the wake of the last fatal U.S. airline crash nearly four years ago, according to a report by a government watchdog. The Federal Aviation Administration is experiencing lengthy delays in putting in place rules required by the law to increase the amount of experience necessary to be an airline pilot, provide more realistic pilot training and create a program where experienced captains mentor less experienced first officers, according to the report by the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General. (AP Photo/Dave Sherman, File)