Lt. Brandon Gasser and jet saved by air traffic controllers

6:31 PM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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By Grant Bissell

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The National Air Traffic Controllers Association honored two St. Louis controllers who last year saved Naval F18 fighter pilot Lieutenant Brandon Gasser.

Lt. Gasser was caught in bad weather, missed the final approach to two airports and was dangerously low on fuel.

On April 4, 2012 Kevin Cook and Steve Clark were able to guide Lt. Gasser safely into Lambert-St. Louis International Airport using only radar and radio transmissions. Gasser only had six minutes of fuel remaining when he touched down.

If the controllers hadn't assisted Lt. Gasser would have had to ditch the F18 in the Mississippi River, costing taxpayers millions of dollars to replace the aircraft and clean up the river.

What makes this story even more impressive is the fact that the final approach given by Cook and Clark was completely improvised and had never been done by air traffic controllers in the St. Louis area before.

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