"It's a big deal," Sen. Mark Kirk said. "This employee should be made an example of."
A control tower supervisor has been suspended after allegedly falling asleep on Wednesday instead of aiding two planes that landed at Washington’s Reagan airport.
A flight from Chicago was one of two planes that landed without control tower clearance because the air traffic supervisor was reportedly asleep, safety and aviation officials said.
Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt said Thursday in a statement that the controller has been suspended from his operational duties.
Babbitt said he was “personally outraged” that the supervisor — the lone controller on duty in the airport tower at the time — failed to meet his duties.
Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk told NBC Chicago the person responsible should be fired.
"To have it that a controller literally asleep at the switch is a big deal," Kirk said. "This employee should be made an example of."
“It is not acceptable to have just one controller in the tower managing air traffic in this critical air space,” LaHood said.