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A former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employee has been sentenced to two years of probation and a $5,000 fine for interfering with communications between Air Traffic Control and several planes.
A federal judge sentenced Joelyn DeCosta, 48, for “willfully and maliciously interfering” with air traffic communications in Honolulu, Hawaii.
DeCosta’s actions caused a communications blackout while at least 10 planes were airborne, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said in a press release.
On one occasion, the main and standby communication lines between Air Traffic Control and approximately six planes were severed, the statement said.
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