FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2009, Continental Airlines Flight 3407 operated by Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air, plane burns after it crashed into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y. Safety expe

 

              FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2009, Continental Airlines Flight 3407 operated by Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air, plane burns after it crashed into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y. Safety expe
FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2009, Continental Airlines Flight 3407 operated by Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air, plane burns after it crashed into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y. Safety experts say airline travel has become so safe in the United States it’s hard to justify imposing costly new safety rules on the economically fragile industry. It’s been 43 months since the last deadly domestic airline crash, on Feb. 12, 2009. That’s the longest period without a fatal accident since commercial aviation expanded after World War II. Government cost-benefit analyses value each life saved at $6.2 million. But modest changes in regulations can cost the industry hundreds of millions of dollars. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)