Thu, Jul 10, 2008
And The FAA Wants To Know How That Happened
The FAA is investigating why an air traffic controller at
Teterboro Airport allowed a Learjet to land on a closed runway just
as two workers were preparing to put down the big, lighted "X"
The jet passed 150 feet over the asphalt repair workers, who
were beside the runway in a vehicle. The incident came to light
after The New Jersey Star-Ledger received a anonymous tip from a
caller, and then confirmed the details with the FAA.
The FAA says Flight 988, a Lear 45 operated by Jetrider
International, landed shortly after 5:30 am EDT on June 25, more
than 30 minutes after Runway 1-19 was shut down for maintenance
Seven minutes earlier, regional air traffic controllers had
requested and received permission from the local controller at
Teterboro for the jet to land.
The FAA has classified the incident as an operational error, and
it's not clear whether the fully-certified controller on duty at
the time will face repercussions.
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