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Report: Increase in air traffic control errors centered in Southern California

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Air traffic control errors have risen sharply across the country in recent years with the highest increase in San Diego.

Those are the findings are revealed in a new report by the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation according to U-T San Diego.

Located in Kearny Mesa, the Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility is the nation's busiest air traffic center covering a region from Ventura County to Mexico.

Local errors soared 473 percent in one year, increasing from 33 percent in 2009 to 189 percent in 2010.

Nationwide, the numbers rose 53 percent. The FAA disputes those numbers, saying they are the result of increased reporting - not more actual errors.

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