Air Traffic Controller Awarded for Navigating Pilot to Safety
Kristina Kurtz, a controller at Anchorage Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), received a prestigious national award for navigating a pilot to safety in November.
Kurtz received the Archie League Medal of Safety award from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association last week in Atlanta.
She helped talk a general aviation pilot to make a safe landing through white-out conditions at Merrill Field on Nov. 6, 2011.
NATCA recognized her life-saving actions along with 24 years of experience as one of the nation’s 15 most accomplished controllers.
To view her acceptance speech, visit NATCA's website.
Editor's Note: A NATCA Communications and Public Affairs Specialist said Kurtz worked at TRACON, not Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Center.
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