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Relatives of two victims of last year's Swissair crash off the coast of Nova Scotia complained Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration was moving too slowly to address aircraft wiring and insulation issues.

Lyn Romano, whose husband, Raymond, was killed in the Sept. 2, 1998, crash, and Barbara Fetherolf, whose 16-year-old daughter, Tara, also was a victim, said the agency failed to protect the public last month when it gave airlines four years to replace insulation coated with a material that fails a new flammability test.

"Four years of these 'flying coffins' -- that's my term for them -- flying around, and it's just OK in their opinion," Ms. Romano complained to reporters after meeting with Thomas McSweeny, the FAA's head of aircraft regulation and certification.

FAA spokesman Les Dorr said the agency has issued more than a half-dozen airworthiness directives since December requiring airlines to check wiring and other components on Boeing MD-11s, the type of aircraft that crashed.

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