Military Exercises Extend LAX’s Late-Night Flyovers in South L.A.

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The military air space west of Los Angeles International Airport will remain closed longer than originally expected, officials said, meaning South L.A. residents will have at least a few more nights of late-night flyovers.

Originally scheduled to end Thursday, the closure has been extended until Sunday, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The mandate means that from midnight to 6:30 a.m., flights that normally fly in from the west over the ocean will instead fly in from the east, over thousands of residents.

The east-to-west landing pattern is standard for daylight hours, but it changes at night to limit the noise for residents west of the 110 Freeway and east of the airport, LAX officials said.

The change affects 50 to 55 commercial, cargo, military and private nightly flights, or about one landing every seven minutes, according to the FAA.

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