Washington Post: "The control tower at Reagan National Airport went silent early Wednesday, forcing two airliners carrying a total of 165 passengers and crew to land on their own. Both planes landed safely after their pilots took matters into their own hands, broadcasting their progress as they approached and landed. They were also communicating with controllers at a separate facility in the region that does not handle landings. Read more about the air traffic incident.
AUDIO: Listen to an audio transmission as an American Airlines pilot approached for a landing."
"The agenda for the meeting includes the following topics: ... Air Traffic Management technology demonstration discussion."