Mid-air collision raises doubts over safety of NYC airspace

08/10/2009 | NYTimes.com · USA Today

Nine people died on Saturday when a single-engine plane and a sightseeing helicopter collided in mid-air over the Hudson River just off of Hoboken, N.J., raising new questions about the safety of the New York area's crowded airspace. The fixed-wing aircraft appeared to strike the helicopter from behind and below at an altitude under 1,100 feet, where scores of general aviation flights operate every day, well below the 5,000-foot minimum for commercial airliners. While critics immediately raised questions about new regulations for NYC airspace, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he was opposed to additional rules due to the city's reliance on tourism dollars.

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