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FAA Administrator Resigns Following DWI Arrest

City of Fairfax Police Dept(WASHINGTON) -- Federal Aviation Administration chief J. Randolph Babbitt left his post Tuesday in light of his recent arrest for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

The former airline pilot was put on a leave of absence Monday after police arrested him in Virginia Saturday night, saying Babbitt was under the influence of alcohol while driving. He was pulled over after an officer on patrol observed a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road, according to a statement from the Fairfax Police Department.

In a statement from Babbitt released Tuesday by the FAA, he said he was “unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA.”

“I am confident in their ability to successfully carry out all of the critical safety initiatives underway and the improvements that the FAA has planned,” Babbitt wrote.

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FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt Arrested on DWI

City of Fairfax Police(FAIRFAX, Va.) -- Randy Babbitt, the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, was arrested Saturday on charges of driving while intoxicated, after a patrol officer in Fairfax, Va., noticed a car "driving on the wrong side of the road,” police said Monday.

A police press release read: "After it was determined that he was under the influence of alcohol, Babbitt was transported to the Adult Detention Center where a magistrate issued a warrant for driving while intoxicated. He was placed on a personal recognizance bond...Babbitt was the sole occupant of his vehicle, which was not involved in a crash with any other object. He cooperated fully with the arresting officer," the announcement read.

Babbitt has been placed on a leave of absence, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday upon learning of the FAA administrator’s arrest.

“Administrator Babbitt has requested, effective immediately, to take a leave of absence from the FAA,” the agency said in a statement.  “That request has been granted and Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta will serve as acting administrator.  DOT officials are in discussions with legal counsel about Administrator Babbitt’s employment status.”

Babbitt was named administrator of the FAA in 2009.

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FAA Implements New Procedures Following Control Tower Incident

John Foxx/Thinkstock(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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