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Flight controller 'distracted by personal call'

Published 29/04/2010 | 05:00

A US air traffic controller listening to three conversations at once -- including a personal call -- may not have heard a critical pilot error before a deadly collision over the Hudson River near New York last year, investigators have found.

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Evidence gathered by the US Transportation Safety Board shows the controller at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey who handled a small plane that collided with a tour helicopter was talking with a friend on his headset while monitoring radio transmissions by the plane's pilot and another controller over speakers.

Irish Independent

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