City Planning Board Drops Effort to Limit Helicopter Routes


KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - A city planning board has scrapped efforts to limit routes for medical helicopters flying to and from a Kearney hospital after hospital officials said it didn't have the authority to do so.

Doug Wulf, Good Samaritan Hospital's chief flight nurse, told the board Friday that limiting the routes to and from Kearney Regional Medical Center would hinder landing and takeoff.

And, he said, the Federal Aviation Authority is the only entity that can control airspace.

The planning board opted, instead, to recommend a warning light be placed atop an 80-foot observation tower in a city park.

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