The Federal Aviation Administration has suspended two employees following last week's deadly mid-air collision over the Hudson River in New York City.
The air-traffic controller and the supervisor at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey are facing disciplinary action.
There are reports the controller was on the phone with his girlfriend when the plane and helicopter collided in New York, killing nine people.
"We learned that the controller handling the Piper flight was involved in apparently inappropriate conversations on the telephone at the time of the accident," the FAA said in a prepared statement Thursday night. "We also learned that the supervisor was not present in the building as required."
He cleared the single engine Piper for takeoff before making the call.
And the supervisor was not in the building at the time, but should have been.