FAA Air Traffic chief resigns over sleeping on duty air controllers issue

By on Apr 15, 2011 in Lifestyle, Travel, United States Comments

Updated: April 17, 2011 11:17 p.m.

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The air traffic chief of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reportedly resigned over the issue of the ‘sleeping on duty’ air controllers.

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As reported on the FAA official website on Thursday, April 14, 2011, FAA’s air chief officer Henry Krakowski resigned form his post, as announced by FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

Krakowski, 56, a former head of flight operations for United Airlines, resigned on Thursday as FAA Air Traffic head after having a meeting with FAA Administrator.

“Over the last few weeks we have seen examples of unprofessional conduct on the part of a few individuals that have rightly caused the traveling public to question our ability to ensure their safety,” Mr. Babbitt was quoted as saying.

“This conduct must stop immediately.” He added, noting that FAA’s chief counsel David Grizzle will temporary hold the post while looking for a replacement.

Apparently, FAA revealed that two more air traffic controllers were caught sleeping while on duty, adding to the previous ones including that of the air controller of Ronald Reagan Washington Airport who was suspended after he went silent, as two planes landed on the airport on their own.

Meanwhile, reports said that two air controllers were suspended for not handing off control of a departing plane in Lubbock, Texas on March 29.

FAA also disclosed that for the past three months, there were seven incidents where air controllers were caught sleeping on duty.

The latest incident was said to have occurred on Wednesday in Reno, Nevada, where the air traffic controller have fallen asleep and an ambulance plane landed by its own.

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