FAA extends flight ban over Ferguson for one week


Federal officials have extended their ban on flights over Ferguson, Missouri.

The FAA previously barred aircraft flying below 3,000 feet over the suburban St. Louis town on August 12 as violent clashes between protesters and police continue in the wake of the Saturday shooting death of Mike Brown, an unarmed teen.

The ban was extended Monday to August 25 at the request of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

All aircraft, including media helicopters, have been prohibited from the airspace except for law enforcement, according to an official agency announcement.

A St. Louis County police official originally told AOL that the measure went into effect after a police helicopter endured gunfire during an altercation in the hours after Brown's death.

"Police helicopters were getting shot at," the spokesperson said.

Officials have not said if they will again extend the ban past August 25.

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