[Guyana] ATC leaves tower as passenger plane comes to land

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[Guyana] ATC leaves tower as passenger plane comes to land

Unread post by bimjim » Wed Mar 12, 2014

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... -late.html

Air traffic controller leaves control tower unattended
...as Boeing 737 passenger plane comes in to land because his relief worker was late
737 from Trinidad was due to land at the aiport

William Turvill
12 March 2014

An air traffic controller has been suspended after leaving his control tower unattended as a flight was approaching the airport in Guyana, South America.

The Ministry of Transport in Guyana said the controller and two other staff members have been suspended pending an investigation.

The controller abandoned his post ten minutes before a Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737 from Trinidad was due to land at the airport.

According to the Jamaica Observer, the flight had to circle Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Georgetown until a manager was able to guide the flight safely from the tower.

A Guyana Ministry of Transport spokesman said on Tuesday that the other two staff members who were suspended were a supervisor and a co-worker who had been scheduled to relieve the controller.

The controller walked off the job apparently out of frustration that his co-worker did not show up to relieve him of his duties last Friday.

At the time, a Caribbean Airways Boeing 737 with about 100 people on board was ten minutes from landing.

A manager went to the tower and took over.

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