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FAA weighs Santa Monica Airport jet ban

March 17, 2009 | 11:34 am

The FAA is holding a hearing this week to discuss Santa Monica's controversial ban on certain types of jets at Santa Monica Airport. On Monday, the city got some support from one official, according to the Daily Press:

"What the Santa Monica government has done is what the FAA should've done to ensure safety at the airport," said Jim Hall, former chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, who served from 1993 to 2001. Hall was among a handful of witnesses called to testify Monday during the opening day of the FAA's hearing into the legality of a 2008 Santa Monica ordinance that banned categories C and D jets from the airport, addressing concerns that a plane would one day overshoot the runway and land on homes just 300 feet away.

-- Shelby Grad