The FAA is investigating why an air-traffic controller apparently became incapacitated while working alone in the tower of a Las Vegas airport during a busy night shift earlier this week, officials said Friday.
For about 40 minutes a female controller slurred her words while communicating with 29 pilots in the air and on the runways of McCarran International Airport before apparently losing consciousness. The identify of the controller or whether she had experienced a medical emergency was not released.
A second controller was on duty at the time, but had left for his break, which the FAA allows, the Review-Journal reported. He was called on to return to the tower after the incident began.