FAA's Air Traffic Head Resigns After Sleep Incidents

Another controller nodded off in Nevada yesterday
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2011 12:39 PM CDT
The control tower at Reagan National Airport. Federal officials are investigating a report that two planes landed here without control tower clearance because the air traffic controller was asleep.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – The head of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization resigned today, amid a wave of reports of air traffic controllers sleeping on the job. Hank Krakowski submitted his resignation this morning to FAA chief Randy Babbitt, the Washington Post reports, who promised a “top to bottom” review of the air traffic control system he leaves behind.

“Unprofessional conduct on the part of a few individuals have rightly caused the traveling public to question our ability to ensure their safety,” Babbitt said. The most recent slumbering controller incident came just yesterday—and with it came an FAA decision to end the practice of keeping only one controller on during overnight shifts.

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