(WASHINGTON) -- Following the midweek incident at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport where an air traffic controller fell asleep while on duty, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has implemented an interim plan to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
In a statement, the FAA announced that effective immediately, all radar controllers have been directed to contact air traffic control towers to ensure that a controller is prepared to handle an approaching flight. Personnel have also been instructed that if contact cannot be made with a control tower, proper procedures require personnel to offer pilots the option of diverting to another airport.
“I am determined to make sure we do not repeat Wednesday’s unacceptable event,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt in a statement.
Babbitt also said that he has ordered a nationwide review of the air traffic control system to ensure appropriate backup procedures and equipment are in place and are being used.
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