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FAA restricts flights near nuclear sites, N.Y. World Series

By Kathleen Koch
CNN Correspondent

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is temporarily restricting flights near the World Series games in New York and around nuclear sites in the wake of the latest terrorism warning.

The prohibition goes into effect immediately and will remain in place until midnight November 6.

The restrictions over New York City prohibit any aircraft that is operating under visual flight rules from flying within 30 nautical miles of John F. Kennedy International Airport during World Series games, from 6:45 p.m. until 2 a.m. Restrictions were even tighter during President Bush's appearance at Tuesday's game.

The nuclear sites ban, which affects 80 facilities such as power plants and Energy Department areas, restricts aircraft flying below 18,000 feet from coming within a radius of 10 nautical miles of each facility.

The restrictions underscore Attorney General John Ashcroft's announcement Monday of "credible reports" that another major terrorist attack may be possible within the week.

"The FAA realizes these restrictions inconvenience general aviation pilots and airports," said FAA Administrator Jane Garvey in a news release. "As the FAA and other federal agencies continuously review measures to ensure national security, we look for the understanding and cooperation of the general aviation community."



 
 
 
 



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