FAA report shows air traffic controllers are making mistakes because of fatigue

Re-posted from pix11.com in New York.

WPIX 11 New York

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In a nationwide study conducted by NASA, The Federal Aviation Administration blamed pilot error and Air Traffic Controllers who were working on just two hours of sleep for the 2006 plane crash in Lexington, Ky., that killed 49 people.

The FAA commissioned NASA to conducted a nationwide study of air traffic controllers after the accident happened. The administration then sat on the results of that study for more than three years. The report was finally released Monday, just hours after a scathing report was published by the Associated Press. The FAA fired back saying it always intended on releasing it.

“That’s terribly shocking.  A report like this, which impacts aviation safety, which is critical, should have been released at the time that the report was done,” said Attorney Dough Latto who worked on the Lexington crash. He said he wasn’t surprised by NASA’s findings.

According to the report:

  • 2 out of 10 air traffic…

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