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Pendleton Airport Tower on FAA Closure List

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PENDLETON, Ore. - The Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton is one of five small airports in the state on the Federal Aviation Administration's list for potential control tower closings due to sequestration.

The FAA says those five are among 238 small airports under consideration nationwide with low traffic volumes and control towers operated by contractors. They plan to make a decision by March 18 on closing about 170 of them.

If the towers close, the FAA says the airports will remain open but pilots would be responsible for their own safety by talking to each other.

The FAA must cut $600 million under the automatic budget cuts. Other savings will come from furloughing FAA employees and other actions.

The four other airports in Oregon under consideration are in Klamath Falls, North Bend, Salem, and Troutdale.