FAA GROUNDS CROP DUSTERS
Due to national security concerns, the Federal Aviation Administration, working with other federal agencies, issued a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) on Sunday, Sept. 23, banning Part 137 (agricultural/crop-duster) flights) from operating. The ban will be lifted at 12:05 a.m., Sept. 25 in each time zone.
The grounding of crop dusting planes has come at a bad time for some Alabama farmers who spray their crops aerially.
It is the second time that agricultural pilot shave been told not to fly since the Sept. 11 terroist attacks in Washington and New York. FBI officials said it was one of the steps the bureau has taken out of "an abundance of caution" and "in reaction to every bit of information and threats received during the course of this investigation."
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said countries sponsoring terrorism have "very active chemical and biological warfare programs."