FAA Starts Own Balloon Boy Probe

Flight delays at Denver airport during caper could result in fines
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2009 8:33 PM CDT
Ryo Heene, the 9-year-old brother of Falcon Heene, plays in the backyard of his parents home in Fort Collins, Colo., on Friday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Federal Aviation Administration is the latest agency to start its own investigation of last week’s Colorado balloon circus, with authorities looking into delays at Denver International Airport during the craft’s flight. And while local law enforcement wants criminal charges against the Heene family, any FAA violations would most likely draw fines or civil penalties, a rep tells the Coloradoan.