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Child Allowed To Direct Aircraft At JFK Airport

13/04/2011 16:52 | Updated 22 May 2015

An investigation has been launched after a child was heard directing aircraft from the control tower at JFK airport in New York.

So why was a small child allowed to tell pilots what to do at one of the world's busiest airports?

That's simple - apparently it was the school holidays. You know how difficult it is to keep the kids entertained when school's out...

Two air traffic controllers have now been suspended and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what happened.

The incident came to light after tapes of the kid directing pilots were posted on the internet.

The child can be heard making five transmissions to pilots who were preparing for take-off on February 17 - during a week-long school break.

Here's the tape so you can hear it for yourself.

In case you didn't catch that, the kid says: "JetBlue 171 contact departure."

The pilot, who doesn't seem unduly concerned that he's speaking to a child, responds: "Over to departure JetBlue 171, awesome job."

A male voice in the tower is then heard to say: "That's what you get, guys, when the kids are out of school."

Later on the child clears another plane for take off, and says, "Adios, amigo."

The FAA said : "Pending the outcome of our investigation, the employees involved in this incident are not controlling air traffic."

It added: "This behaviour is not acceptable." Some people might certainly think so.

What do you think? Is this just a harmless prank? Is it actually good for kids to take an interest in their parents' work? Or is this a dangerous stunt which could have put people's lives at risk?

Source: AOL News

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