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FAA drops ban on low-flying aircraft over Ferguson

Demonstrators protest the shooting of Michael Brown. (Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images)

In another sign that authorities believe the chaos in Ferguson is fully in the past, flight restrictions imposed during the tense confrontations on the city’s streets have been lifted.

The Federal Aviation Administration had banned flights from operating below 3,000 feet over Ferguson beginning on Aug. 12 at the request of the St. Louis County Police Department. Police had reported that their helicopter was shot at several times during the protests and unrest that followed the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Last week, the ban was extended at the direction of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) “to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities,” according to the notice.

This ban, which was in place for 10 days, was originally scheduled to run through Monday. Instead, an FAA spokeswoman confirms that the restrictions were lifted Friday at 1 p.m. (local time).

Related: Here is a look at where the U.S. does and does not fly.

(The Washington Post)
Mark Berman covers national news for The Washington Post and anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and stories from around the country.

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