---- — BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch and the rest of the Massachusetts congressional delegation have sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration protesting the planned closing of about 200 contract air traffic control towers nationwide.
Six of the towers facing the budget ax serve Massachusetts airports, including those in Beverly, Lawrence, New Bedford, Norwood, Westfield and Worcester.
The letter says the towers help guarantee the safety of the flying public and residents living near the airports, allow for safe arrivals and departures, and prevent midair collisions
Among those signing onto the letter is fellow Congressman Edward Markey.
Lynch and Markey are facing off against each other in the state's special U.S. Senate Democratic primary.
The planned closings are part of the fallout from $85 billion in across-the-board federal budget cuts.