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'No-Fly' Zones Go Up Around National Sites

June 27, 2002|Reuters

WASHINGTON — The government put temporary flight restrictions around three national landmarks--including the Statue of Liberty in New York--for fear of possible attacks during the Fourth of July holiday.

The ban prohibits planes from flying around the Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis near the July 4 holiday, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.

The "no-fly zone" around the Statue of Liberty was put in place Tuesday and bars flights within one nautical mile--about 1.15 miles--of the monument until September, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman William Shumann said.

The FAA prohibited all flights within four nautical miles around Mt. Rushmore and within three nautical miles of the Gateway Arch from July 3 to July 5.

"Large crowds of Americans are expected to attend these sites during the July 4 weekend. We're just securing the area to prevent attacks of terrorism," said Larry Frederick, a spokesman for the National Park Service.

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