A pilot spraying for mosquitoes near the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge has been cleared of any wrongdoing after an inquiry prompted by drivers who called 911 because they feared his aircraft might hit the span.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it reviewed the flight of pilot Tommy Phillips of Williamsburg Air Service and determined there was no evidence that aviation regulations were violated.
As a result of its inquiry, the FAA said changes were made to the route flown for the mosquito spraying to help alleviate public concerns. The new route has been flown once without public complaint, the agency said in an e-mail.
When contacted by phone Monday, Phillips said he wasn’t doing anything wrong during the flight so there was no need to make changes. The owner of Williamsburg Air, Guy McClary, said the FAA told the company to do the “neighborly thing” when it sprayed.
“In other words, do the best you can,” McClary said.
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