FAA probes landing on closed runway

July 9, 2008 7:19:00 AM PDT
Federal aviation authorities are investigating an incident in which an air traffic controller let a Learjet land on a closed runway at New Jersey's Teterboro airport. FAA regional spokesman Jim Peters tells the Star-Ledger of Newark that a flight operated by Jet Rider Inc. was allowed to land on June 25 as two workers were preparing to mark the runway with a large "X" sign indicating it was closed.

Peters said the flight was cleared to land shortly after 5:30 a.m., more than a half-hour after Runway 1-19 had been shut down for work.

The jet passed 150 feet above the workers, neither of whom was injured.