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NTSB: Recent crashes involving tour aircraft underscore need for FAA to tighten safety regulations

When tourists climb onto a sightseeing plane to fly over Alaskan glaciers, or hop on a helicopter to tour the Grand Canyon, they have no reason to wonder whether the aircraft is held to different safety standards than the commercial plane they took to reach their vacation destination.

The National Transportation Safety Board says that perhaps they should.

Such tourist jaunts, some small airline commuter flights, virtually all helicopter travel and ?on-demand? flights, such as those taken by the rich and famous who have a plane at their beck and call, are governed by different ? and what some say are less stringent ? Federal Aviation Administration regulations than commercial aircraft.

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