Air traffic controllers suspended over Hudson collision – The CNN Wire

Posted: 07:57 PM ET

(CNN) — The Federal Aviation Administration has suspended two air traffic controllers over Saturday’s collision of two aircraft over the Hudson that killed nine people, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

The controller handling the flight of a Piper fixed-wing plane carrying three people “was involved in apparently inappropriate conversations on the telephone at the time of the accident,” said spokeswoman Laura Brown in a written statement.

In addition, “the supervisor was not present in the building as required,” she said.

“While we have no reason to believe at this time that these actions contributed to the accident, this kind of conduct is unacceptable and we have placed the employees on administrative leave and have begun disciplinary proceedings,” she said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is working with the FAA in investigating the Piper’s collision with a sightseeing helicopter that was carrying five Italian tourists and a pilot.

No one aboard either aircraft survived the crash.

– CNN National Correspondent Susan Candiotti contributed to this story.

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