Inspector general report confirms ris...

Inspector general report confirms rise in air traffic control errors

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#1 Mar 4, 2013
Inspector general report confirms rise in air traffic control errors

Source: Washington Post

By Ashley Halsey III, Mar 04, 2013 06:56 PM EST

The Washington Post Federal investigators confirmed Monday that errors by the nation’s air traffic controllers have increased sharply, challenging the Federal Aviation Administration’s contention that most of the jump was due to better data collection.

The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation, in an audit released Monday, said that “the increase in reported errors was linked, in part, to a rise in actual errors rather than increased reporting.”

The report renews concerns about aviation mistakes at a time when the FAA has warned that sequestration may require controller furloughs and closing control towers at smaller airports.

An official familiar with the report said it raises questions about the manner in which the FAA collects reports and classifies the mistakes made by the controllers responsible for safe air travel.

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