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FAA bringing back safety inspectors sidelined by shutdown

AP  |  Washington 

The says it has brought about 500 safety inspectors back to work and expects more to return next week, potentially easing strains on the aviation system amid a partial federal shutdown.

Most of the FAA's 3,000 safety inspectors have been sidelined during the 22-day shutdown.

But the agency is accelerating efforts to bring them back.

didn't provide specifics in an email to Saturday.

Inspectors oversee and certify inspections by and repair-shop employees. They're not considered essential employees who must work during shutdowns.

The shutdown has hit aviation hard . About 10,000 FAA air traffic controllers are on the job but not getting paid. Some screeners are staying home rather than work without pay.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 06:40 IST