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FAA adds more controllers on midnight shifts at 27 US control towers

14-Apr-2011 11:11 AM

US Federal Aviation Administration announced it added more air controllers on midnight shifts at 27 US control towers that were single-staffed at night (UPI/FoxNews.com/Reuters/WLS, 13-Apr-2011). The change comes two weeks after two aircraft landed on their own at Washington Reagan National Airport as a controller working alone fell asleep on the overnight shift. The FAA was pressured by US officials and lawmakers to add more staff after reports of a fifth incident this year involving a sleeping controller on 13-Apr-2011. The incident occurred at Reno-Tahoe International Airport as an emergency aircraft tried to land with a controller out of radio contact. The controller has been suspended. On 11-Apr-2011 another controller was suspended at Boeing Field in Seattle. [more]