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Controller asleep — but how many did airport need?


Controller asleep _ but how many did airport need?

JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Should jetliners be landing with only a single air traffic controller on duty — even if he's awake?

Federal officials are grappling with that question following the safe landing of two jetliners this week with no help from the lone air traffic supervisor on duty at Washington's Reagan National Airport. He's been suspended, and safety investigators say he has acknowledged he was asleep.

The incident comes nearly five years after a fatal crash in Kentucky in which a controller was working alone...

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