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September 02, 2005

The Reuters news agency reports that a Qantas Airways domestic flight was forced to delay its landing in Australia's capital after an air traffic controller overslept and failed to report for duty on time.

The plane, arriving from the western city of Perth, circled over Canberra for 20 minutes before the arrival of the senior controller, who had been scheduled to start work at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, in the first shift at the control tower. His co-worker, a middle-ranking controller, had arrived on time but could not open the control tower without his senior colleague, a spokesman for Airservices Australia said.

The spokesman added that duty rosters for the controllers have since been changed.

Source: The Associated Press, via Yahoo!

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