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Child directs planes at JFK


A major investigation is underway after a seven-year-old child apparently directed air traffic at New York’s JFK international airport.

The American Federal Aviation Authority says it has suspended an air traffic controller and an air supervisor pending an inquiry into reports that the controller brought his children to work on two occasions last month.

The case came to light after tapes of a young boy apparently directing planes to take off and clearing them for landing appeared on a website.

The incident has created waves in the US with many in the aviation industry saying the children were well supervised and no harm was done.

But Randy Babbit of the FAA described it as a “lapse of judgement violating the FAA’s policies and common sense”.

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