Fri, Sep 01, 2006
Aero-News: Quote of the Day
of the Day usually derives from current news, though we reserve the
right to pick quotes out of history that have a bearing on the
day's events and issues.
Sometimes, you'll find them timely and in keeping with the
content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be
Reader suggestions and comments are welcome... and if
particularly intriguing, timely, or poignant, may themselves become
future Quotes of the Day.
Let us hear from you, folks!
Aero-News Quote of the Day
"Air traffic controllers exist for a reason: to ensure
that the planes taking off and landing are doing so safely. Sadly,
the FAA continues to short-staff control towers in an effort to
control costs while they eschew safety. This tragedy must be a
wakeup call for the FAA to reexamine its policy and make sure that
airports have the controllers they need."
Source: Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) in a
letter to FAA Adminstrator Marion Blakey following revelations in
the wake of Sunday's crash of a Comair CRJ in Lexington, KY.
Investigators with the NTSB discovered the lone controller on duty
at the time of the accident had worked a full shift the day before
the accident -- and had only slept for two hours before returning
to duty nine hours later. The FAA added a second controller to the
tower at Blue Grass Airport the day after the accident, which
killed 49 of 50 people onboard.
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