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Airport leaders say 24-hour traffic controllers are needed

Southwest Georgia Regional Airport leaders said a recent emergency shows why the airport needs air traffic controllers on duty 24-hours a day.

At Monday Aviation Commission meeting, Mark McCorkle told his story of landing February 28th while he was having a heart attack.

Even though he was in distress air traffic controllers helped him land safely, but Albany's airport only has controllers in the tower 12-hours a day.

At other times, pilots are responsible for announcing their positions and watching out for other plans.

Airport leaders continue to lobby the FAA to pay for 24-hour air traffic control coverage.

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