FAA: US observing flight restrictions in Japan

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Posted: Mar 15, 2011 10:09 AM
FAA: US observing flight restrictions in Japan

The Federal Aviation Administration says the United States is working closely with Japan to ensure that problems associated with a stricken nuclear power plant do not jeopardize air travel safety.

Spokeswoman Laura Brown says the Japanese civil aviation authority "has established flight restrictions keeping civil aviation flights away from the Fukushima facility" and said U.S. carriers have indicated they are complying with the new rules. Brown says in a statement Tuesday that "there is no credible information available at this point indicating the need for further restrictions."

She says that if the situation worsens and there are indications of radiological hazards beyond the flight restrictions already in place, "the FAA is prepared to take air management measures, including the rerouting of air traffic," in consultation with Japanese officials.