The Federal Aviation Administration Research and Development Reauthorization bill, which includes a study on runway incursions and airport safety pushed by Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.
Chandler had filed the legislation in the wake of the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington in August 2006.
"I have been pushing for the inclusion of this much-needed study and the passenger bill of rights in the FAA reauthorization for quite a while now," Chandler said. "Today, I am glad the legislation is one step closer to becoming law — it is too important not to be."
Chandler's bill, which required an independent review of FAA aviation safety research, was introduced in the 110th Congress. The bill later became an amendment to the reauthorization bill.