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Old 4th March 2010, 11:28   #1
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Default New York airport jets 'directed by child' (kid becomes air traffic controller)

BBC News - New York airport jets 'directed by child'

US officials are investigating how a child was apparently allowed to direct planes at New York's JFK airport - one of the country's busiest.

The probe comes after an audiotape caught the boy directing several pilots preparing for take-off last month.
In one exchange, the boy is heard saying: "JetBlue 171 contact departure." The pilot responds: "Over to departure JetBlue 171, awesome job."
The boy was apparently with his father - a certified air traffic controller.
The adult is later heard saying with a laugh: "That's what you get, guys, when the kids are out of school."
In another exchange, the child says: "MS 4-0-3, contact departure," and then adds: "Adios, amigo."
The pilot responds: "Adios, amigo."
The pilots on the tape appear to be not concerned that a child is giving them instructions.
The incident happened on 17 February, when many New York pupils were on a week-long break.
The age and name of the child and the adult on the audiotape were not immediately known.

'Not indicative' incident

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement: "Pending the outcome of our investigation, the employees involved in this incident are not controlling air traffic.
"This behaviour is not acceptable and does not demonstrate the kind of professionalism expected from all FAA employees."
The agency did not give any further details.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association said the incident was "not indicative of the highest professional standards that controllers set for themselves and exceed each and every day in the advancement of aviation safely".
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Old 5th March 2010, 11:33   #2
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Sometimes things done in innocence can have disastrous consequences...

Case in point, the sad story of Aeroflot 593 (here & here).
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Crazy stuff. When I read about this on CNN, I kept thinking- So this happens in the US too! Its pretty common for us it say, ' ah..anything can happen in India'.
The kid's father should be put in jail for this,IMO.Had the boy made 1 error, one mispronouced word, and the results could have been disastrous.
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This incident reminds me of the Aeroflot accident. The lives of many people are in the hands of these people, don't understand how they can be so careless.
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