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.
Here is the official announcement:
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.
Here is the map of the area provided by the FAA:
Since the Sandy Hook flyover footage was so heavily scrutinized, the media and the FAA are beginning to make it a habit of blocking the public from seeing what’s really going on on the ground in real time from disasters.
During the Lone Star Community College shooting in January, the media was told to cut the live aerial feeds of the event. Now we have the FAA issuing this NOTAM to prevent the public from seeing what’s really happening in Arkansas.
The nonstop news coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill must have caused too much bad press for BP, and Exxon appears to want to stave off any negative press.
Would the FAA be complicit in an Exxon cover-up?