Congressman Sires’ Statement on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Halt of All “Doors-Off” Helicopter Flights
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding the FAA’s decision to put a stop to “doors-off” helicopter flights:
“I am saddened by the tragic loss of life that occurred when a tour helicopter crashed into the East River on March 11. These accidents happen far too often, which is why, this morning, I was joined by Congressman Don Payne, Jr. in sending a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Acting-Administrator Elwell regarding this incident. In the letter, I asked the Administrator to follow the FAA’s mandate to keep our skies safe by banning these dangerous flights over our region.
Now it seems that the FAA has finally come around to acknowledging the public-safety hazards posed by these flights and is ordering an immediate stop to all “doors-off” helicopter flights around the country while it studies the causes of this particular accident.
This is a good start, but my constituents will not be safe until these dangerous, and frankly unnecessary, tourist flights are permanently banned. I will closely monitor these developments and will continue to advocate for the safety of the people of New Jersey’s 8th Congressional District.”