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The FAA spokesperson's statement went on to say, "While we have no reason to believe at this time that these actions contributed to the accident, this kind of conduct is unacceptable, and we have placed the employees on administrative leave and have begun disciplinary proceedings."
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association—the union for air traffic controllers—has issued a statement urging the use of caution with regard to making judgments "about the behavior of any controller."
Saturday's collision over the Hudson River involved the Piper aircraft and a sightseeing helicopter that was carrying five Italian tourists. All passengers from both aircraft perished in the midair crash.