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Asiana Airlines fined $500K for crash response

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to properly assist relatives of victims of its 2013 plane crash at the San Francisco International Airport, the agency announced on Tuesday.

The transportation department said Asiana failed to provide a toll-free number for relatives of passengers who were on its plane that crash landed last July to call and took as long as five days to contact them with updates on their family members.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said foreign airlines were held to the same standards for responding to major airplane crashes as U.S. companies. 

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FAA boosts helicopter safety regs

The Federal Aviation Administration is requiring helicopters to be equipped with radio altitude meters and life preserver vests for pilots to wear, the agency announced on Thursday.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the changes were a part of historic improvement in U.S. helicopter safety.

“This is a landmark rule for helicopter safety,” Foxx said in a statement. “These improvements will better prepare pilots and better equip helicopters, ensuring a higher level of safety for passengers and crew.”

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