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City Council Considers Its Role in Regulating Airspace

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The City Council is considering what part it should play in any future regulation of the airspace over the Hudson River. Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she wants regulators to take more action to prevent incidents like the fatal collision between a helicopter and a single engine plane on August 8th.

QUINN: In fact there have been countless people in the borough and in the city asking that something get done before an accident like this ever occurred.

REPORTER: Some of those who testified before the council's transportation committee hearing yesterday called for a ban on all Hudson River flights below 1,100 feet. That's the space where pilots are expected to keep an eye on each other. Others testified that a ban is unnecessary.

The council says it plans to hear testimony again after the National Transportation Safety Board releases its final report on the midair crash that killed nine people.

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