US to inspect pilot training at regional airlines

US government officials said Tuesday they will beef up inspection of pilot training programs at regional airlines in response to safety concerns raised by the crash of a regional airliner in New York in February. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt said in a statement they will also hold a meeting with the airline industry - both regional and major carriers - next week to seek better pilot training, cockpit discipline and other safety improvements. Babbitt said it was clear from the crash of a regional airliner in upstate New York on Feb. 12 that safety needs to be improved. "My goal is to make sure that the entire industry, from large commercial carriers to smaller regional operators, is meeting our safety standard," Babbitt said in a statement.