Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Mar. 16, 2013 3:05 PM EDT
Eyewitness News Photo
, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating two alleged incidents involving an air traffic controller at Yeager Airport and has removed him from his duties.
The Charleston Daily Mail said the FAA is proposing that he be fired for failing to respond while on duty.
In one alleged incident, the controller was unresponsive for 20 minutes while a HealthNet helicopter was trying to land at a local hospital. Officials said the pilot had to use alternate methods to get the patient to medical care.
That incident reportedly occurred in January.
The other alleged incident occurred March 2 when two air traffic employees said they saw the controller sleeping while he was supposed to be working in the tower.
The controller has not been identified.
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