Feds Investigating Pilots Who Strayed Too Close To Super Bowl

By Scott Friedman
|  Monday, Feb 7, 2011  |  Updated 11:30 AM CDT
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Feds Investigating Pilots Who Strayed Too Close To Super Bowl

James Lauritz

Federal Aviation officials are investigating six cases of pilots who strayed into a no-fly zone set-up to protect the Super Bowl in Arlington.

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Federal Aviation officials are investigating six cases of pilots who strayed into a no-fly zone set-up to protect the Super Bowl in Arlington.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the pilots involved were being interviewed by Federal law enforcement, and could face discipline including the suspension of their pilot's licenses.

All of the violations appeared to be accidental, and not attempts to disrupt the game, Lunsford said. 

As the planes flew into the fringes of the zone set up around Cowboys Stadium, they were intercepted by helicopters enforcing the flight restrictions.  No fighter jets were scrambled, and all of the aircraft involved appeared to be small private planes.

Air Traffic controllers were busy into the night on Super Bowl Sunday.  The FAA saw more than 400 departures of private jets from the DFW area after the game, 191 from Dallas Love Field alone. 

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