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TRANSPORT CANADA MAINTAINS RESTRICTED AIRSPACE OVER NIAGARA FALLS AND BEGINS REVIEW OF FLIGHT PROCEDURES

TRANSPORT CANADA MAINTAINS RESTRICTED AIRSPACE OVER NIAGARA FALLS AND
 BEGINS REVIEW OF FLIGHT PROCEDURES
 OTTAWA, Oct. 1/CNW/ - The Honourable Shirley Martin, Minister of State for Transport, today announced Transport Canada will maintain airspace restrictions currently in effect over Niagara Falls, Ont., as a result of Tuesday's tragic helicopter accident.
 "I deeply regret the loss of four lives in the collision of two helicopters over Niagara Falls and I extend my heartfelt sympathies to the families involved," Mrs. Martin said. "Officials have undertaken, on an urgent basis, an extensive review of all flight procedures in the Niagara Falls airspace. The restrictions will remain in effect until all flight procedures in this area have been thoroughly reviewed."
 The Minister of State has instructed Transport Canada officials to meet with air carriers and aviation agencies to recieve their input on the review of flight procedures in the Niagara Falls area.
 The review is under way.
 Niagara Falls' airspace was restricted following the accident to give investigators unimpeded access to the area. The restrictions prohibit all aircraft from flying within a two-nautical-mile radius of Niagara Falls, to an altitude of 5,000 feet above sea level. Medical evacuations and police activities are exempted from the restrictions.
 The review of Niagara Falls flight procedures is separate from, and independent of, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's investigation of the two-helicopter crash which also is under way. The Transportation Safety Board is the only agency in Canada mandated to investigate aviation accidents, determine cause and make recommendations.
 Transport Canada officials are working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to ensure its cooperation in maintaining restrictions of the American airspace around Niagara Falls, N.Y.
 For further information: Sandy Hutchison, Minister of State's Office, (613) 991-0700, or Rene Mercier, Public Affairs, (613) 990-6055
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