FAA: Some jets over Phoenix not flying as intended

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PHOENIX -- Some homeowners say jets taking off from Sky Harbor International Airport were rerouted in September to fly over several historic neighborhoods near central Phoenix.

The Federal Aviation Administration was bombarded with complaints.

And FAA officials say a preliminary look at the issue determined some planes that were supposed to be flying over an industrial area were flying too far east over residential neighborhoods.

Nicole Marquez, who lives in the F.Q. Story historic district, says she wears her husband's military headphones because she hears planes flying over her home about 20 hours a day.

Now, the FAA is working with air traffic control at Sky Harbor to make sure jets are flying in the intended air space. Early turns that place planes over the residential neighborhoods will only be allowed for safety reasons.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says he's encouraged by the FAA's decision to work with the city to reduce noise that has disrupted residents in Phoenix's historic neighborhoods.

He says he'll keep working with all sides until a result is reached that works for everyone.

Although they are encouraged by the news, Marquez says she and her neighbors they haven't seen any difference.

"I have to be hopeful," Marquez said. "I bought a house in a historic district hoping that would be a good investment. I am not feeling it's a good investment right now."


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