LAS VEGAS (KSNV) – In light of an air traffic controller working solo overnight Wednesday, which became incapacitated at McCarran…
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) –
In light of an air traffic controller working solo overnight Wednesday, which became incapacitated at McCarran International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration has modified a tower staffing rule.
However , den ændring som trådte i kraft fredag, betyder det kun en controller som kan være på vagt efter midnat.
A statement from FAA spokesman Ian Gregor:
The FAA now requires two controllers to be in the tower cab working traffic until a certain time based on shift periods and traffic levels. De faciliteiten zullen niet gecombineerd worden tot één positie voor middernacht of 90 minuten na de start van de shift, whichever is later. The policy took effect Friday.
Gregor said the previous policy allowed the combination of positions – or single staffing in the tower – before midnight.
An “incapacitated” air traffic controller directed the skies over McCarran for an estimated 30 minutes late Wednesday.
The controller who exhibited slurred and slow speech was eventually relieved of duty.
Several pilots expressed concerns to the controller, some apparently putting their flights on hold rather than landing or taking off.
No safety incidents were reported during her distress , according to the FAA.
The incident, which has left many people outraged, is being investigated by the FAA.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association also responded Friday, but declined to comment Sunday about the staffing rule revision:
“We will cooperate with the FAA as it investigates this incident, so that all facts are known.”
The first announced result of the investigation was the modification in overnight staffing announced Friday.
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