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2 Miami Pilots Charged in Airspace Violation

July 06, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Two pilots were charged with reckless endangerment for flying through restricted airspace around New York City, spurring fears of a Fourth of July terrorist attack.

The two planes flew 25 feet over a swimming area, well below the required 1,000-feet minimum, federal authorities said. The pilots had been returning to New Jersey from Massachusetts, where they had towed advertising banners.

Pilots Andre Morais and Daniel Oliveria, both of Miami, each face up to seven years in prison if convicted of reckless endangerment and violating air traffic rules.

The planes are owned by Aerial Sign Corp. in Hollywood, Fla.

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