The bill approved Wednesday would require entry-level pilots to have more experience. A companion measure has been introduced in the Senate.
The impetus for the bill was the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 on Feb. 12 near Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. All 49 people aboard and one man in a house below were killed.
Testimony at a May hearing revealed that the flight's captain and first officer made a series of critical errors leading up to the crash. The flight was operated by regional carrier Colgan Air Inc. of Manassas, Va.