Friday, March 25, 2011

An air traffic controller possibly snoozes on the job

Federal aviation officials are investigating why an air-traffic supervisor at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport failed to answer the radio and phone for at least 20 minutes this week while controllers at a nearby facility repeatedly called the tower and juggled flights heading to the airport.

(Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport's air traffic tower)

Two flights were speculated to land and it appears the air traffic controller was snoozing on the job.  So the American Airlines flight 1012 coming of Dallas and United Airlines flight 628T out of  Chicago ended up landing safety next to the silent tower using the help from another air control tower in Warrenton, Va., about 40 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Luckily, the planes landed safely and now the investigation begins.  They should have 2 controllers in the booths at all times, not just one, so that is also being checked out.

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