State panel plans hearing on air safety

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Senate's Transportation Committee has scheduled a hearing in Anchorage Monday on air safety. The state session follows a hearing Wednesday of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. House. That committee is led by Alaska Rep. Don Young.

John Cowdery, R-Anchorage, heads the state Senate committee. Monday's hearing is intended to provide a forum for Alaskans to tell the air carriers their ideas on improving air safety, he said in a statement Tuesday.

''This hearing will provide a forum to discuss how to improve ailrine safety so that we can all feel secure when we board our next flight,'' Cowdery said.

Representatives from Alaska Airlines, Northern Air Cargo, and Era Aviation are scheduled to attend the session.

The hearing runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office, 716 W. Fourth Avenue.

In Washington, the House committee will discuss the near-term impact of the terrorist attacks on U.S. airlines, as well as the long-term viability of the carriers, accourding to Young's office. Executives of several major airlines are expected to testify.

U.S. carriers have asked for $24 billion in loans, tax breaks and aid. More than 26,000 layoffs have been announced and some airlines could face bankruptcy.

The House could pass legislation this providing at least $15 billion in grants and credits to the industry.


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