For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 15-01
November 9, 2001
Contact: John Clabes, Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration today began a formal investigation of apparent violations of enhanced Class B airspace restrictions by three news helicopters during a police chase of a burning truck in Dallas Wednesday afternoon. No other announcements on this subject will be made until the investigation is complete, which may take weeks.

Air traffic tapes and radar data are being forwarded to the Southwest Region's Flight Standards division, which investigates alleged violations by airmen and aircraft.

For reasons of national security, news gathering aircraft operations, banner towing and sightseeing flights within the enhanced Class B airspace are not permitted. Airmen, the aviation community and the public have been advised of these restrictions by issuance of a notice to airmen.

The FAA strongly advised pilots to adhere to restrictions outlined in the NOTAM and reminded airmen that the Class B airspace restrictions are still in effect.