NATCA Disputes NTSB Version of Hudson Collision

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The National Air Traffic Controllers Association says the NTSB has made a big mistake in its early assessment of the midair collision between a Piper Saratoga and a sightseeing helicopter over the Hudson River on August 8. The NTSB declined detailed comment to AVweb, but Editor-in-Chief Russ Niles spoke with NATCA rep Ray Adams, who says that contrary to the NTSB's press statement, the Teterboro controller working the Piper could not have warned the pilot of a potential conflict with the helicopter.