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NATCA: Don't blame Teterboro controllers for Hudson collision


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The air traffic controllers who were AWOL during the fatal mid-air collision over the Hudson River had nothing to do with the crash and it's "insulting" to discipline them, their union said Friday.


"For the FAA to sit there and allude or make accusations that the controller had anything to do with this accident is absolutely absurd and very insulting," said Barrett Burns, from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.


An air traffic controller at Teterboro Airport was yakking on the phone with his girlfriend, and his supervisor wasn't in the control tower when the crash took place, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.


The two were not identified.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/08/14/2009-08-14_national_air_traffic_controllers_association_dont_blame_teterboro_controllers_fo.html#ixzz0OEQVlBRm



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