A passenger jet was just seconds away from landing Thursday at Philadelphia International Airport when a Jeep broke through a chain-link fence and drove onto several runways, forcing a number of planes to circle the area, according to an air traffic controller familiar with the incident.
An air traffic controller unintentionally placed a passenger jet and a single-engine plane on a collision course at a Mississippi airport last summer, causing the planes to pass within 300 feet of each other in midair, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association announced details Friday of a new agreement on fatigue recommendations in the aftermath of several incidents involving controllers falling asleep on the job.
Stung by stories of air traffic controllers asleep at the scope, the union representing FAA controllers has released a video in an effort to restore the image of controllers as icons of coolness and professionalism.
The National Transportation Safety Board hopes air traffic controllers may soon benefit from long-standing research into worker fatigue by implementing strategies that include intentional sleeping on the job, the use of caffeine and other methods shown by science to deal with the overnight shift.
Top officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the air traffic controllers' union kicked off a cross-country tour of air traffic control facilities on Monday, two days after a seventh reported case this year of a controller falling asleep on the job.
The Federal Aviation Administration official in charge of operating the air traffic control system has resigned amid revelations that several controllers have fallen asleep on the job this year, the FAA chief said Thursday.
Another air traffic controller apparently fell asleep while on duty, a problem that is prompting the government to put an extra staffer on midnight shifts at more than two dozen control towers across the country.
"Unauthorized and unprofessional" is how an internal memo describes the conduct of an air traffic controller, who allegedly allowed his two young children to speak with pilots on an air traffic control frequency, and his supervisor, who allegedly allowed it to happen.
An air traffic controller and his supervisor are under investigation because the controller allegedly brought his two small children into the control tower and allowed them to speak with pilots on an air traffic control frequency.
Federal officials Monday clarified their description of what an air traffic controller at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport could have seen on radar just before a tour helicopter collided with a small plane over the Hudson River.
Investigators probing last weekend's fatal aircraft collision over New York's Hudson River focused Friday on an air traffic controller, though union leaders angrily said the controller could have done nothing to prevent the crash.
The Obama administration has reached a tentative three-year agreement with the nation's air traffic controllers over pay and working conditions which could end a period of open hostility between controllers and their employer.
A shortage of experienced air traffic controllers has resulted in a "staffing emergency" that is jeopardizing safety in the sky and on runways in Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Southern California, according to the union representing the nation's 14,800 controllers.
Two airliners had to circle for 18 minutes and a plane ferrying human lungs for transplant was briefly delayed Friday while an airport's lone air traffic controller took a bathroom break, the controller's union said.
An air traffic controllers union Thursday warned that a software glitch renders some planes flying over the nation's capital temporarily "invisible" to radar, but the Federal Aviation Administration dismissed the warning as a tactic in contract talks.