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Pilot flying close to the Ravenel Bridge Wednesday operating within FAA guidelines

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Wednesday, Charleston County Mosquito Control Division's aerial contractor (Williamsburg Air) was conducting a standard flight near the Ravenel Bridge.

The plane was operating within the FAA guidelines, which enable them to exist in a restricted category so we can fly low to treat mosquito larvae. Wednesday, specifically, the plane was near the bridge while treating both ends of Drum Island, a spoil area that is a notorious breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Charleston County says the pilot was not doing a "fly-by" over the bridge, but was following normal protocol within our safety guidelines in order to conduct targeted mosquito treatment.

The county notified local police in advance that a plane would be in the area. This is all a routine process to keep the mosquito population in Charleston County under control.

The FAA issued the following statement Thursday:

The FAA is looking into the operation of a  mosquito control aircraft,  which apparently overflew the Arthur Ravenel Bridge in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina at a low altitude yesterday.  The aircraft was dispensing mosquito control chemicals on both sides of the bridge. The FAA's inquiry will determine whether any Federal air safety regulations were violated during the flights.  The FAA certificates mosquito control operators under Part 137 of the Federal Aviation Regulations which covers a wide range of agricultural aircraft operations. 

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