At least two air traffic controllers working at Los Angeles International Airport will likely speak to a City Council committee about a series of safety concerns addressed in a scathing congressional report, officials said Thursday. Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl asked his council colleagues earlier this week to invite air traffic controllers to discuss alleged understaffing and fatigued workers at the LAX air control tower. The full City Council will decide next week whether to invite the controllers to address the issues with the council’s Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee. “The air traffic controllers say they are so overworked and understaffed that they say it’s a safety issue,” said Rosendahl, whose 11th District includes LAX. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“We’re here to deal with those issues up front,” he said. “Hopefully the federal government will wake up and take some quick action right now by putting more air traffic controllers in that tower.” Officials with the air traffic controllers union said at least two representatives from the LAX tower will testify before the council committee. “We feel it is important that everyone understand the safety issues involved here,” said Michael Foote, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association at the LAX tower. Rosendahl’s request comes one week after the Government Accountability Office found a “high risk” of close calls between aircraft maneuvering on the ground at the nation’s airports due to a combination of technology problems, poor federal leadership and overworked air traffic controllers. Fifty-five runway incursions have been reported at LAX since 2001, eight of which occurred during the 2007 fiscal year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The most serious of those incidents occurred Aug. 16, when two jetliners came within 37 feet of each other on the northern airfield at LAX. The GAO, an investigative arm of Congress, also called on the FAA to address fatigue among air traffic controllers, who are dealing with more flights since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. LAX has 34 full-time controllers, one trainee and 11 so-called developmentals who are not fully certified but can do some air traffic control work on their own, according to the FAA. The agency has authorized 32 to 40 controllers for LAX. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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