A day after being placed on administrative leave, Randy Babbitt submitted his resignation as FAA administrator to US transportation secretary Ray LaHood, who accepted it.

Prior to Babbitt's resignation late Tuesday, LaHood told reporters earlier in the day that he didn't learn of Babbitt's Saturday night arrest on charges of driving while intoxicated (ATW Daily News, Dec. 6) until Monday when Fairfax, Va., police issued a press release about it. "What I told Randy is that I was very disappointed with the way that I learned about this through a press release," he said.

Babbitt said in a statement that he is "unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA. They run the finest and safest aviation system in the world and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work alongside them. I am confident in their ability to successfully carry out all of the critical safety initiatives underway and the improvements that the FAA has planned."

Babbitt's term wasn't set to expire until May 2014.

Photo: Former FAA administrator Randy Babbitt