03/29/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
Washington – Several airports are putting a challenge to the Federal Aviation Administration’s plan to shut down 149 air traffic control towers. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the airport operators have filed a lawsuit alleging the FAA is in violation of federal law and the shut down decision could pose serious safety risks.
The FAA has attributed the need for the tower shutdowns to budget cuts, and having to cut $637 million in costs for the remainder of the fiscal year.
Carl Olson, director of the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Ill, is quoted by the AP as stating of the issue, “I think everybody’s going to realize what the industry knows, and that is there is a razor thin margin of error in aviation and any diminishment of safety is going to have an immediate and cascading effect…And all the talk to the contrary won’t change that fact.”
The first of the air traffic facilities set to close will reportedly close April 7.
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