FAA Center Management Change Follows First Lady’s Close Call

Thursday, Apr 28, 2011  |  Updated 10:16 PM EDT
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FAA Center Change Follows First Lady’s Close Call

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Management at the facility that manages air traffic in the region has been changed after a close call involving the first lady’s plane at Andrews Air Force Base.

Last week a giant C-17 cargo plane was going in for a landing at Andrews just minutes before Michelle Obama’s smaller plane. They should have been separated by 5 miles but they were only about 3 miles apart and there wasn't enough time for the cargo plane to get off the runway.

An air force controller at Andrews saw the problem and ordered the 737 to abort the landing.

Now, the acting manager at the Federal Aviation Administration center in Warrenton, Va., has been demoted and replaced by a more senior manager.

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