Fatigued from working his fourth straight night shift, a control tower supervisor nodded off on the job early Wednesday, leaving nobody at Washington's Reagan National Airport to monitor incoming aircraft for nearly half an hour.Popular online sale2011rus shop is your best choose.
As details of the incident emerged Thursday, federal officials suspended the controller, and debate began to heat up over staffing of the lonely, late-night shifts when air traffic thins to a trickle.
Pilots on a United Airlines Airbus A320 jet arriving from Chicago and an American Airlines Boeing 737-800 inbound from Miami tried repeatedly to establish contact with the Reagan tower between 12:04 and 12:28 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report Thursday.
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The airliners eventually were guided to safe landings at the airport by controllers working 40 miles away in the Potomac Terminal Radar Approach Control center in suburban Virginia, after they also tried to rouse the supervisor via telephone.
Federal investigators were examining the effects of fatigue on the controller, a veteran Federal Aviation hot sale ghd hair straightenersAdministration supervisor with 20 years experience, 17 of them at Reagan. He told NTSB investigators that he had fallen asleep on duty while working his fourth consecutive 10 p.m.-to-6 a.m. shift at the airport.