Air traffic tower closures will strip safety net - Article Photos 8/8

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 1996 file photo, federal aviation officials examine the wreckage of two planes that collided on the runway of Baldwin Municipal Airport in Quincy, Ill., killing all 14 people on both aircraft. Mark Hanna, who became director of the Quincy airport about two years after the crash and before moving to the same job at Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, said if a tower was there, it's highly likely that the accident would have been prevented. Looming federal budget cuts could mean the closure of nearly 240 air traffic control towers across the country, stripping away an extra layer of safety during takeoffs and landings and leaving many pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)