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U.S. calling back 1,700 aviation safety inspectors

January 16, 2019 / David Shepardson

The Federal Aviation Administration is calling back 1,700 aviation safety inspectors as a partial government shutdown drags on into its fourth week. An FAA spokesman said on Tuesday it is recalling inspectors and engineers to perform duties to ensure continuous operational safety of the entire national airspace. We proactively conduct risk assessment, and we have determined that after three weeks it is appropriate to recall inspectors and engineers.The FAA said it will have 2,200 aviation safety inspectors on the job by the end of this week, up from 500 last week. In total, the FAA will have 3,100 safety employees on the job as part of its safety efforts by the end of this week.