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Associated Press, Published December 10 2010

Sen. Dorgan calls for hearings on plane registry

NEW YORK — The chairman of the Senate subcommittee overseeing aviation wants hearings to look into how the Federal Aviation Administration lost important data on one-third of the planes in the United States.

Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., says the FAA registry needs to regain its credibility. The Associated Press reported on Friday that as many as 119,000 of the 357,000 aircraft in the United States have missing paperwork, invalid addresses and other paperwork problems.

The FAA admitted the problem in reports in 2007 and 2008. It also warned that the problem was causing loopholes that terrorists, drug traffickers and other criminals might exploit.

The FAA says it's already trying to clean up the database by requiring all aircraft owners to re-register their planes over the next three years.


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