A series of military operations off the Southern California coast that likely included a missile test over the weekend is forcing flights approaching Los Angeles International Airport in the middle of the night to fly over South L.A.
About 150 commercial, cargo, military and private flights that land at LAX from midnight to 6:30 a.m. daily and fly in eastward over the ocean will instead have to fly in from the west through Thursday, airport officials said.
The mandate comes from the Federal Aviation Administration, which told LAX the military airspace over the ocean west of the airport is closed from last Friday to Thursday, said airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles.
The change means thousands of residents west of the 110 Freeway and east of LAX will hear the flights descending every three to four minutes on average in the middle of the night. That approach path is usually limited to daytime hours.
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