Oct 1, 2008

ATC is Sleeping, Wait to Land!

What happens when the air traffic controller (ATC) sleeps at work? Simple, the planes will have to wait till he wakes up! Well, it is not a light matter and it must not happen. Otherwise it may lead to very tragic accidents.

Well, something funny happened in the Greek island of Lesbos when an air traffic controller overslept! Two planes, one Olympic Airlines plane arriving from Athens and a Slovakian Airlines plane, waited in the skies over the Aegean sea, for more than half-an-hour. Despite their urgent messages to land, the air traffic controller remained silent and they had to roam in the sky burning fuels for 40 minutes.

Then the airport's secondary control service assisted the pilots to land safely. Police sources said the controller, who was not named, would be suspended for a few days due to the negligence. Just imagine the consequences when there was no secondary control service to help those planes?


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