Controller bantering about dead cat before crash - Yahoo! News The media continues to hammer this story about the Hudson River crash. In reality I can't see how the controller was responsible since he handed the traffic off to Newark and was no longer responsible for that traffic as it was out of his airspace. He could have been on the radio or chatting with a phone sex operator, it would not have made a difference. People died, someone has to be blamed! Here comes the FAA! Right from the article... "At 11:52 and 20 seconds, the controller instructed the plane to contact air traffic control at nearby Newark Liberty International Airport, which is part of the procedure for handing off oversight of the small plane." The FAA = The efficiency of the US Post Office combined with the compassion of the IRS.