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Low-Flying Aircraft, London

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1951

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for what purpose an Anson aircraft was flying in circuits over Westminster at a height of between 600 and 1,000 feet at and after sunset on 16th April last; and whether flying at this altitude over the centre of London is permitted for aircraft other than those approaching the east-west runway at Heath Row.

The aircraft in question was engaged on duties concerned with the manufacture of a documentary film for the education of the public in the airways system of air traffic control over this country. The flight appears to have contravened the regulations governing the heights at which aircraft may fly over centres of population and the matter is being further investigated.