NTSB Probing Sleeping Air Traffic Supervisor
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: March 23, 2011 at 11:21 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two airliners landed at Reagan National Airport near Washington without control tower clearance because the air traffic supervisor was asleep, safety and aviation officials said Wednesday.

The supervisor – the only controller scheduled for duty in the tower around midnight Tuesday when incident occurred – had fallen asleep, said an aviation official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the incident.

The National Transportation Safety Board is gathering information on the occurrence to decide whether to open a formal investigation, board spokesman Peter Knudson said.

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One Comment to “Lone air traffic supervisor dozed off at Reagan National”

  • Situations like this usually happen when people want to save money. I think it would be better to employ one more person so as there were at least two controllers on an overnight shift than to suffer the consequences of a possible accident.

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