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Originally published Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

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Pendleton airport, 3 others to lose control tower

The Federal Aviation Administration has decided that four air traffic control towers in Oregon are among 149 that will close by May 5 as part of the agency's sequestration implementation plan.

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PENDLETON, Ore. —

The Federal Aviation Administration has decided that four air traffic control towers in Oregon are among 149 that will close by May 5 as part of the agency's sequestration implementation plan.

The towers are scheduled to close at airports in Pendleton, North Bend, McNary Field in Salem and Portland-Troutdale Airport in Portland.

The East Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/15EKiud ) pilots will be left to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves over a shared radio frequency with no help from ground controllers.

All pilots are trained to fly using those procedures.

The FAA will begin a four-week phased closure of the 149 towers beginning on April 7.

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