FAA failed to act on runway safety problems

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government watchdog is demanding an investigation of whistleblower complaints that federal aviation officials failed to follow through on runway safety problems brought to their attention.

Special Counsel Scott Bloch says in three letters to Transportation Secretary Mary Peters that the Federal Aviation Administration failed to fully follow through on complaints from air traffic controllers about the potential for collisions involving planes taking off and landing on intersecting runways at airports in Memphis and Newark.

There is a "substantial likelihood" that conditions at the two airports "create a substantial and specific danger to public safety," Bloch said in the letters, which were obtained by The Associated Press.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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