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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Not again! Another air traffic controller falls asleep on the job as medical plane lands unaided - 13th Apr 2011

A plane was forced to land without ground assistance after an air traffic controller fell asleep - the fourth such incident this year.

The controller at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Nevada fell asleep and out of communication for about 16 minutes while a medical plane was landing.

The controller has been suspended while the FAA investigates his lack of response to repeated contacts from the plane and airport staff around 2 am this morning.

Reno airport chief Krys Bart said: 'The flying public needs an assurance from the FAA that this situation will be addressed at all airports.

'We must have adequate staffing.'

Last month, two jet liners landed at Washington's Reagan National Airport without tower assistance after the lone air traffic supervisor fell asleep.

A follow-up investigation by the FAA then uncovered a second incident of an air traffic controller sleeping on the job in February during the midnight shift at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee.

And on Monday a controller at Boeing Field/King County International Airport in Seattle was suspended for falling asleep during his morning shift.

The same controller was already facing disciplinary action for falling asleep on another shift this year. Read More