Hudson crash probe: Controller missed pilot error
An investigation into a mid-air collision over the Hudson River last year finds that an air traffic controller was listening to three conversations at once, including a personal phone call. It says the controller didn't catch a critical pilot error before the deadly accident.
Documents were released today by the National Transportation Safety Board. They say the controller at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey who handled the small plane that collided with a tour helicopter couldn't hear an incorrect radio frequency repeated by the pilot shortly before the crash. Nine people died.
Newsday identified the controller handling the small airplane involved in the mid-air collision as Carlyle Dwayne Turner, of Lake Grove.
The documents say the controller was on a personal phone call over his headset while monitoring simultaneous radio transmissions by the plane's pilot and a Newark airport controller over speakers.
AP contributed to this report.