July 28, 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.
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