FAA readies new pilot-fatigue rules

Fifty people were killed in the Continental Connection Flight 3407 accident, when a regional jet crashed into the ground as it approached the airport in Buffalo in February 2009. The airplanes co-pilot was reported to have been operating on little sleep after flying across country from Seattle to Newark, N.J., where the doomed flight originated, to start working.

The group formed to lobby for the families of crash victims enlisted lawmakers earlier this year in the push for new scheduling requirements for pilots. The group blamed airline companies for holding up the new rules in the federal regulatory process.

The FAA will make its announcement at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Department of Transportation headquarters.