FAA chief resigns over drunk drive charge

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Posted: Dec 06, 2011 5:28 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. aviation safety official resigned on Tuesday over a drunken driving charge.

Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt said in a statement that his resignation was accepted by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Babbitt, 65, was arrested on Saturday in Fairfax, Virginia, and charged with driving while intoxicated.

A former pilot and union official, Babbitt has led the FAA since 2009.

(Reporting by John Crawley)