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Budget cuts could affect safety at local airports

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MAXWELTON, W. Va (WVVA)-- With automatic budget cuts set to take place after Friday's sequester, yet another proposed plan has been killed in the US Senate.

And local airports are worried about cuts they say could put air travelers in danger.

The Federal Aviation Administration has planned $600 million cuts that take effect soon if nothing is resolved.

The FAA has proposed to shut down over one hundred air traffic control facilities across the US in order to save money.

This list includes the Greenbrier Valley Airport in Maxwelton. The airport manager said 4 air traffic control jobs are in jeopardy as the tower is set to close down on April 1.

"The purpose of the tower is to prevent mid-air collisions close to the ground between aircraft," said Jerry O'Sullivan, manager of the Greenbrier Valley Airport.

"It's really terrible [to close it down]. It's just amazing that out of all the things to pick on, this safety measure for the flying populace would be eliminated," he said.

Bridgeport, Wheeling, Parkersburg, Huntington, and Charleston airports would also be affected by the FAA budget cuts.

More information and a full list of impacted airports can be found here.

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