Grounded new planes, routes, safety inspections

As an airliner prepares to land, a bird takes off at the Gravelly Point park that's just off the end of the runway near Reagan National Airport.

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As an airliner prepares to land, a bird takes off at the Gravelly Point park that’s just off the end of the runway near Reagan National Airport.

Airlines can’t get federal officials to sign off on new planes and routes amid the U.S. government shutdown, while keeping federal aviation workers furloughed or unpaid altogether threatens the country’s key aviation sector, industry members said Thursday.

Some 800,000 government workers have been furloughed or are working without pay since the partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22. About…

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