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2nd incident of air traffic controller sleeping on job

Thursday, April 07, 2011

There's troubling news from the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency has uncovered a second incident of an air traffic controller sleeping on the job.

The FAA said it will fire an air traffic controller who they said not only went to sleep on the job, but had pre-planned it by making a bed for himself on the floor, complete with a blanket.

The incident happened in February at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee. The FAA said the controller went to sleep for five hours during a midnight shift.

Pilots couldn't reach the sleeping controller, and his fellow employee working on another floor had to land seven planes by himself.

There's also an investigation into a controller sleeping while two planes landed at Washington's Reagan National Airport.

ABC News contributed to this story

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