Friday, September 02, 2005

FEMA's Fear of Flying

There have been widespread media reports about people shooting at rescue helicopters. Given the amount of media coverage, you would expect this was a widespread problem. However, people on the ground tell a different story.

From ABCNews.com, in a report dated 9/1:

"At the Superdome, we have a report that one shot was fired at a Chinook helicopter," Schneider said, adding that the Chinook is "an extremely large aircraft."

Laura Brown, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman in Washington, said she had no such report.

"We're controlling every single aircraft in that airspace and none of them reported being fired on," she said, adding that the FAA was in contact with the military as well as civilian aircraft

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