FAA air traffic controller mistakes triple since 2009

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – You know what they say about sausage. Yeah, you probably don’t want to know how it’s made.

The same could be said for air travel. Every day, the skies over America are filled with more airplanes than you can shake a stick at.

And now we’re finding out that the number of mistakes by air traffic controllers doubled last year.

The Federal Aviation Administration counted 4,394 of those mistakes in 2012. That was up from 1,895 the year before, and 1,271 in 2009.

The FAA says there also were 41 ‘high-risk’ mistakes, like allowing planes to get too close to each other on the runway, and not doing a good job when transferring flights to other controllers.

To be fair, 41 high-risk mistakes out of around 132 million flights is a pretty low number, but  it only takes one.