Phoenix City Council votes for Sky Harbor to revert to old flight path

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The Phoenix City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted for Sky Harbor International Airport to change its departure flight path to the way it was prior to Sept. 18.

That does not necessarily mean anything will change, though. The Federal Aviation Administration has the final say.

It's a problem CBS 5 News has telling you about for months - low-flying airplanes over central Phoenix neighborhoods. It turns out the new flight path is affecting more communities than first thought.

Inside council chambers, it was a packed house. There were residents not just from central Phoenix but also the communities near South Mountain and Laveen.

The flight path change came without any warning. Passenger jets have been taking off from Sky Harbor Airport and following Grand Avenue. At the busiest time of day, residents say a plane takes off every two minutes.

City officials knew about the flight path change more than a year before it was implemented, but it was never brought to the attention of the communities below because FAA officials didn't think noise would be an issue.

Donald Brown has lived near 35th and Southern avenues in Laveen going on 10 years. He believes being so close to South Mountain actually makes the problem worse.

"So what you get when the planes fly over you're getting sound reverberation off of those mountains which tends to applify the sound," he said.

Residents hope the city and the FAA can come up with a solution that works for everyone.

"I think we can move forward and fix it," said F.Q. Story resident Steve Dreiseszun. "We are all smarter than we were 90 days ago. We are where we are. I think if we had to do it over again I think everyone involved would do something differently."

An FAA spokesperson said they are looking at many different ways to fix the problem. The agency expects to have a full analysis complete by spring.

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