Air Controller Failed to Warn Hudson Pilot

Controller failed to inform him, NTSB report finds
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2009 5:00 PM CDT
The wreckage of a helicopter that was hit by an airplane and crashed in the Hudson River is seen on a pier Tuesday in Hoboken, N.J.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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(Newser) – An air traffic controller failed to warn the pilot of a plane in last weekend's mid-air collision over the Hudson River, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled today. Chatting on the phone, the controller did not inform the pilot that "there were several aircraft detected by radar in the area immediately ahead of the airplane, including the accident helicopter," said the NTSB. The controller and his supervisor are on paid leave while the FAA begins disciplinary proceedings against them, the Star-Ledger reports.