The Federal Aviation Administration yesterday announced new rules governing the busy, but largely unregulated low airspace over the Hudson River by dividing it into separate areas for local and long-distance traffic. The changes, which start Thursday, come after a small plane crashed into a helicopter, killing nine people in August.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer complained flights below 1,000 feet, would still not be required to have flight plans or be monitored by controllers.

“These rules leave the hole too wide open,” he said in a statement.

 
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