Crash courses

 
Published: Friday 15 December 1995

WHEN the US Air flight 1016 crashed in 1994 in Charlotte, North Carolina, air traffic controllers knew more about the weather conditions than did the plane's crew. This has led the committee of National Research Council to conclude that air traffic controllers should exercise more caution about allowing aircrafts to fly in or near hazardous weather. Said committee chairperson, Albert I Kaebn It, "Clearly pilots, their passengers and the airline inch benefit when pilots get the best weg information."

The committee has forwarded s suggestions to the Federal Avia Administration which include: deve ing.a training programme to imp practical meteorological skills of p and air traffic controllers, cocoura the use of latest technology availab obtain a more consistent view of wc er conditions and achieving a conse between the various agencies conce, including government agencies and vate weather services.

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