Thu, Nov 20, 2008
Says No Concrete Evidence Available To Prosecute
Thomas Mark Huey has reason to
celebrate this week. The Contra Costa Times reports the Federal
Aviation Administration absolved the 50-year-old pilot from
wrongdoing in several alleged "buzzing" incidents over a Concord,
CA neighborhood in July.
As ANN reported, the FAA did confirm a
Beechcraft Bonanza belonging to Huey was seen flying low over the
neighborhood several times over a two-week period... and, that the
pilot's ex-girlfriend lived in the area. There also seems to be
little question it was Huey who was flying the airplane.
Nevertheless, this week the FAA ended its investigation into the
pilot's alleged behavior, stating there was insufficient evidence
to indicate whether the Bonanza's pilot violated the minimum
1,000-foot AGL requirement when flying over a congested area.
"We investigated the allegations against Mr. Huey but the
witnesses we spoke with were unable to consistently pinpoint the
altitude at which he was flying," FAA Western Region spokesman Ian
Gregor told the Times. "We did not have any radar data to review.
As a result, we could not substantiate the allegations against Mr.
Huey and we closed the case."
Officials at the Contra Costa County Airport received over 20
complaints stemming from those overflights, which prompted the FAA
to investigate. Huey was put on notice July 24... after which time
the buzzings stopped.
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