Audio: FAA tried to reach sleeping Reno controller

AP News
Posted: Apr 14, 2011 12:54 PM
Audio: FAA tried to reach sleeping Reno controller

Radio communications between a medical flight and radar controllers trying to get ahold of a sleeping Nevada air traffic controller show the pilot circled several times before saying he'd have to land the plane unaided.

In the audio provided Thursday by LiveATC.net, the pilot of the turboprop plane told a Federal Aviation Administration controller in northern California he had a sick patient on board and couldn't wait to land. The controller said the Reno tower wasn't answering radio or phone calls.

The plane landed early Wednesday. Nobody was hurt. The FAA promised the same day it would put two controllers on overnight shifts at airport towers throughout the country.

The pilot and controller aren't identified on the audio.

LiveATC.net streams and records air traffic radio feeds from around the world.