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FAA’s O’Hare Errors Report Draws Fire

Associated Press

The Federal Aviation Administration sent a report to Congress on Wednesday outlining plans to reduce air-traffic controller errors at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, but Illinois’ two senators said it fell short of expectations.

The six-page document sent to Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) for relay to other lawmakers contained few details and set no timetable for implementing FAA proposals, including the hiring of an unspecified number of controllers to ease a staff shortage, a pay incentive to increase the size of the tower staff, and the expansion of controller facilities.

“We have a big problem at O’Hare,” Simon said. “What we wanted was an action plan. What we got was a wish list.”

Sen. Alan J. Dixon (D-Ill.) issued a statement calling the report “inadequate.”

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