December 24, 1996 in Nation/World

Faa Gives Santa Flight Clearance

Compiled From Wire Services

The flight plan has been filed and official clearance given for Santa Claus’ annual Christmas Eve flight, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday.

Acting in the spirit of the holiday, the FAA gave the jolly old gent clearance to operate below the 1,000-foot minimum flight level, and inspectors said he has been checked out in tricky rooftop landing maneuvers.

Santa’s sleigh has been issued the special tail number, N-HOHO, for the flight.

The agency acted after the White House issued a statement saying President Clinton had directed the Transportation Department to restrict other flights in the region of the North Pole in order to provide clear flying for Santa.

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