The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) moved quickly to block the media from seeing the full extent of the damage caused by the Exxon oil pipeline spill in Arkansas.
After some local news stations managed to get some breaking news images from a flyover of the area, the FAA issued a "Notice to Airmen" or NOTAM to stop all air traffic from the area.
|Image source: KcenTV.com|
FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS MAYFLOWER, AR. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PURSUANT TO 14 CFR SECTION 91.137(A)(1) TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT FOR OIL PIPELINE RUPTURE ONLY RELIEF AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS UNDER DIRECTION OF TOM SUHRHOFF ARE AUTHORIZED IN THE AIRSPACE AT AND BELOW 1000 FEET AGL WITHIN A 5 NAUTICAL MILE RADIUS OF 345855N/0922642W OR THE LITTLE ROCK /LIT/ VORTAC 319 DEGREE RADIAL AT 22.4 NAUTICAL MILES.