Rivkin replied in a letter to the inspector general that the FAA doesn’t make a distinction between ‘‘major’’ and ‘‘regional’’ carriers because ‘‘all of those carriers meet the same standards.’’
Scott Maurer, whose 30-year-old daughter, Lorin, died in the Colgan crash, said he was disappointed but not surprised by the inspector general’s findings.
‘‘These promises tend to end up becoming lip service,’’ he said. ‘‘It sounds good at the time, but there is no follow through.’’
A year after the Colgan crash, then-Continental Airlines CEO Jeffrey Smisek angered victims’ families when he said it was the FAA’s responsibility to ensure Colgan’s pilots were properly trained, not Continental's.
‘‘We did not train those pilots. We did not maintain those aircraft. We did not operate the aircraft. But we expect them to be safe. We expect the Federal Aviation Administration to do its job,’’ Smisek told a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
The father of a law student killed in the crash later cornered Smisek in the hallway outside the hearing room, complaining that his daughter bought her ticket from Continental, not Colgan.
Smisek is now the president and CEO of the holding company for United Airlines, which merged with Continental.
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