Chicago airport tower named after Polish American flight safety crusader
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A control tower at Chicago’s O'Hare Airport has been named after Roman Pucinski, a US congressman of Polish ancestry who became known as a champion of aviation safety, Polish media have noted.
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Pucinski, who died in 2002 at the age of 83, hailed from a family of Polish immigrants and was a longtime leader of the Polish American community in Chicago, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency has reported.
During World War II, Pucinski served in the US Air Force. In 1952, he was chief investigator for a congressional group probing the 1940 Katyn Massacre of Polish officers and intellectuals by the Soviets.
From 1959 to 1973, he served in the US House of Representatives, where he successfully pushed for installing "black box" flight recorders on all passenger airliners based on his air force experience.
The Roman Pucinski Tower is one of four air traffic control towers at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport, which is one of the world's busiest airports.
The midwestern US city of Chicago is said to be home to the world’s second-largest population of Poles after Warsaw.