Pilot fatigue: New standards fall short

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — New safety standards will reduce the amount of hours pilots fly, to prevent fatigue, but critics said there's a big loophole.

    While passenger pilots will be limited to eight to nine hours a day flying, cargo pilots won't face the same rule.

    They fly overnight and for as much as 16 hours a day.

    It's something Capt. Sully Sullenberger, the pilot who landed a Charlotte-bound plane in the Hudson River, said is dangerous.

    "When your asleep in you're bed at night and there are 200,000-pound airplanes trying to find an airport, it doesn't matter to you whether that plane is carrying passengers or packages," said Sullenberger.

    The cargo industry said the gap in safety standards reflects the significant difference between flying people and cargo.

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