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NTSB head urges air-traffic vigilance

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- The head of the National Transportation Safety Board says U.S. skies are safe, however he warned about complacency about the air-traffic control system.

NTSB Chairman Mark Rosenker told the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman Monday that things "could fall apart" if the control system isn't constantly improved.

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"When we start adding complacency to the equation, you create an environment where mistakes can be made," he said.

Rosenker was reacting to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation that stated controllers at the busy Dallas-Fort Worth airport had deliberately misclassified incidents in which planes nearly collided in order to downplay their seriousness.

He told the newspaper he is also worried that the risk of a disastrous collision on the ground due to runway incursions could be growing.

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