LAS VEGAS  | Officials probe why Las Vegas airport controller went silent

LAS VEGAS  | Officials probe why Las Vegas airport controller went silent

LAS VEGAS  — Federal and airport authorities said Friday they are investigating why an air traffic controller became incapacitated and went silent while working a night shift alone in the tower at busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

“No safety events occurred during this incident,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement about what officials said amounted to a 40-minute span during which the female controller slurred words and then apparently lost consciousness shortly before midnight Wednesday.

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