Phone Call Contributed to Hudson River Crash

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, a personal phone call made by an air traffic controller likely contributed to the cause of a deadly midair collision over the Hudson River last year.

From CNN:

A single-engine plane and a sightseeing helicopter collided on August 8, 2009 near Hoboken, New Jersey. All nine people aboard the two aircraft were killed, including several Italian tourists visiting New York from Bologna.

In a statement released Tuesday, the NTSB said the air traffic controller’s personal phone call “distracted him from his air traffic control duties, including the timely transfer of communications for the accident airplane to the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) tower and correcting the airplane pilot’s incorrect read-back of the EWR tower frequency.”

The on-duty personal phone conversation might not have been the first for the air traffic controller.

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One Comment on “Phone Call Contributed to Hudson River Crash”

  1. Honeydog Says:

    Whoa! NOT good. I suppose here come some major Lawsuits from the Victim’s families.


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