Panel to review US air traffic controller fatigue after near-miss incidents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday said it is naming a panel of experts led by a former safety board official to address air traffic controller fatigue after a series of near-miss incidents.

The FAA is facing a persistent air traffic controller shortage that has caused flight delays. At many facilities, controllers are working mandatory overtime and six-day work weeks to cover staffing shortages.

New FAA Administrator Michael Whitaker said he has asked the panel led by former National Transportation Safety board member Mark Rosekind to make recommendations by February.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Mark Porter)