FAA splitting airspace over Hudson River

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">An image of the collision between a small plane and a helicopter over the Hudson River aired on Fox News on Saturday. &#40;Courtesy of Fox News&#41;</span></div>
November 16, 2009 10:29:28 AM PST
The Federal Aviation Administration says it will carve the crowded airspace over the Hudson River into separate areas for local and long-distance traffic.

The change was announced Monday and comes in response to a fatal August collision between a small plane and a sightseeing helicopter over the river between New York City and New Jersey.

One zone will be for local planes and helicopters, such as those carrying commuters and sightseers. Another will be for those passing through the New York City area on longer flights to other destinations.

FAA head Randy Babbitt says the air traffic controller and supervisor who were on duty at the airport where the plane flight originated have been fired.

The changes follow recommendations in an FAA task force report compiled after the collision. They are to take effect Thursday.