FAA looks into unauthorized rerouting by ATC trainee

10/15/2008 | NYTimes.com

The FAA is investigating charges that air traffic controllers rerouted four flights into an area of thunderstorms on Saturday as part of training for a new hire. "There was no compromise of safety by the rerouting," said an FAA spokesperson, who noted that trainees "must receive on-the-job training under the supervision of another fully certified controller and a supervisor before they can check out." A spokesman for the controllers union said the affected flights were operated by Delta Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Southwest Airlines in the vicinity of Savannah, Ga.

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