December 20, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - Union leaders argue that federal safety officials made a mistake in implying that an air traffic controller could have prevented a mid-air collision over the Hudson River.
National Air Traffic Controllers Union officials said the federal officials erred in saying a controller at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey who was handling a small plane failed to warn its pilot there were other aircraft in his path. Minutes later the plane and a helicopter collided and plunged into the Hudson, killing nine people.
Union officials said a federal agency later noted that the helicopter didn't appear on the Teterboro controller's radar screen until 7 seconds after the controller handed off responsibility to Newark and told the pilot to contact the airport.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.