Officials are investigating why the Las Vegas airport controller has made its words unclear and has become unconscious for 40 minutes
Federal authorities and airport authorities are investigating what has caused an air traffic controller in Las Vegas to become incapacitated and silent while working in the night shift, with aircraft flying in the air and on the ground.
The incident took place at busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas shortly before midnight Wednesday. The female air traffic controller at that time only worked in the night shift.
During this incident, no security events occurred & # 39 ;, said the Federal Aviation Administration Friday in a statement about what officials said when it was a 40-minute span, with the female controller deleting words and apparently consciousness lost.
& # 39; An air traffic controller in the Las Vegas tower became incapacitated during his service & # 39 ;, said the agency. It did not identify the controller or the cause of its inability.
An air traffic controller in Las Vegas seemed to narrow her words and then fainted while working at the night shift at McCarran International Airport (shown) Wednesday
Airport director Rosemary Vassiliadis issued a statement stating that the initial findings reflected the FAA rating.
Five incoming aircraft remained in the air during the incident and aircraft on the ground held positions or communicated with each other to maintain safety while driving, according to the FAA.
Air traffic recordings available on the internet show that pilots of the commercial airline have problems understanding the controller during radio communication about land approaches, distances to take off and directions for taxiing. Some start talking among themselves about something that is not right.
During the 40-minute intermission, five planes were stranded in the air and ground planes at McCarren were forced to communicate with each other to maintain their safety (file)
At some point the controller sounds sleepy and apologizes on the radio, and says that she is stifling a little bit & # 39 ;. Minutes later she gives a wrong picture of the telephone numbers of an airplane. Finally her microphone opens the sound of cough and grunt.
She does not respond to a pilot's investigation before the sound of a male voice is heard in the room and asks if the woman is in order.
Officials said a male inspector who had been summoned to return to the tower. Paramedics responded.
The FAA said that the woman was released officially and that the office commissioned two controllers to be in the tower during peak hours.
The FAA is very concerned about the incident, thoroughly examines what has happened and immediately takes steps to adjust the staff policy for overnight stays, & # 39; according to the agency.
McCarran is one of the 10 busiest airports in the United States in passenger volume. The unidentified controller worked just over an hour before problems started and communicated with pilots of 29 aircraft before being replaced, the FAA said.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Chief Commissioner Paul Rinaldi, issued a statement in which he praised the work of thousands of trade unionists across the country and promised cooperation in the FAA survey & # 39; so that all facts are known & # 39 ;.