FAA amends no-fly order

UPDATE: FAA to allow news media aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration has amended its temporary flight restriction over the Mayflower oil spill area to allow media access, said spokesman Lynn Lunsford in email.

 

"We amended it because there is no reason to keep media out," Lunsford said.

The order was amended shortly after it was established Wednesday.

"It should have contained a provision to allow media overflights from the beginning, so we corrected it as soon as we noticed the error," Lunsford said.

Lunsford provided a document that says, in part, exceptions are made if "The aircraft is carrying properly accredited news representatives, and, prior to entering the area, a flight plan is filed with the appropriate FAA or ATC facility specified in the Notice to Airmen and the operation is conducted above the altitude used by the disaster relief aircraft, unless otherwise authorized by the official in charge of on scene emergency response activities."

Any media aircraft must still "coordinate with the site manager, but they can't be kept out of the area," he wrote.

"We are cooperating with the FAA to ensure the area is safe," said Kim Jordan, spokesperson for ExxonMobil.

Correction: Lynn Lunsford's name was misspelled in the original version of this story.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has put a no fly zone over the Mayflower oil spill, according to administration's website.

The flight restrictions started Monday and is ongoing, according to the website. The order restricts flying in airspace at or below 1,000 feet.

"Temporary flight restrictions are in effect for oil pipeline rupture only relief aircraft operations underway of Tom Suhrhoff are authorized in the airspace," according to the notice.

An FAA spokesman said the orders are usually set up by disaster response managers. 

A no-fly zone was put in place during a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

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