- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Several staffers in the Phoenix Aviation Department reportedly have been disciplined for knowing about impending flight path changes at Sky Harbor Airport but failing to alert city officials about it.

Phoenix is suing the Federal Aviation Administration over the flight path changes that have led to aircraft noise that has plagued some of the city’s historic neighborhoods since last September.

City Councilman Michael Nowakowski said Tuesday that City Manager Ed Zuercher pursued the investigation into the aviation department that exposed cracks in the management system.

Regardless of the findings, Nowakowski says the FAA chose not to do an environmental impact study before making the flight path changes.

The FAA says the changes were part of its program designed to save fuel, reduce emissions and make air travel more efficient nationwide.

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