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FASTER TAKEOFFS, LANDINGS REPORTED AS SAFETY STEP

US Airways has ordered its pilots to fly the Boeing 737 faster during takeoffs and landings to avoid the type of rudder malfunction that is believed to have caused the airline's Flight 427 to crash near Pittsburgh in 1994, according to a published report.

Citing US Airways memos dated this month, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Sunday that the airline has told its pilots to fly 20 knots, or 23 mph, faster during certain phases of takeoffs and landings. Pilots say the added speed gives them more time to recognize and correct rudder problems that cannot be fixed at slower speeds.

US Airways spokesman David Castelveter declined to comment. The airline has a hub at Pittsburgh International Airport.

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