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  Section 2. News Report. Air Controllers Removed from job for drug use.

  Today the Federal Aviation Administration reviewed that five air traffic controllers based in Kansas city have been taken off the job because of drug use.

  Earlier this month, 13 controllers at the southern California centre were removed from their jobs for off-duty drug use.

  Also today the FAA continued to investigate alleged drug use at the nation's sixth largest airlines, US Air, NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

  Drug use, even off-duty, is banned for controllers under Federal Aviation Administration rules.

  So far the FAA has conducted the investigations into alleged drug use by controllers at two facilities, Palmdale in southern California and now Kansas City.

  In southern California, 34 controllers were taken off their radar scopes. Pending the outcome of the investigation, 13 tested positive for drugs. And we were told they could quit or enter a treatment program, or opt for treatment.

  In Kansas City, 36 controllers were investigated. The five who tested positive for drugs have all agreed to undergo treatment. Three controllers are still under the investigation.

  The proportion of drug users is small. Of the roughly 500 controllers at the two facilities, only 70 were suspect, and of those, only 18 tested positive for drugs.

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  Air traffic control supervisors say they don't see drug use as a serious problem in their work force. Still as one FAA official put it, one drug user is one too many.

  Right now, there is no routine drug testing for controllers though that will change around the first of the year. There will be pre-employment urine test and test along with the annual physical exam.

  According to the FAA, there has never been a fatal accident involving a major US airline in which alcohol or drug abuse was a factor for the controllers or for the pilots.

  But there have been a sizeable number of fatal accidents in which commuter pilots, air taxi pilots and private pilots had been drinking, and a much small number of cases in which drugs were a factor.

  On another matter, drug use, or more precisely, alleged drug use by flight crews at US Air has been front-page news in Pittsburgh, the airline's operating base.

  A grand jury is conducting an investigation into alleged drug use, sales and distribution.

  Over the weekend, a Pittsburgh press newspaper quoted area hospital officials, who said they had treated about 20 US Air flight crew members for cocaine overdoses.

  US Air acknowledges that one pilot nearly died of an overdose. He had last flown on September 7th, and was taken to the hospital on September 10th.

  The airline has removed him from flight duty, and the FAA is considering revoking his medical certificate that would mean he could not fly any aircraft.

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