Nov 25, 2009 4:37 PM by The Associated Press

FAA nearly done with Balloon Family investigation

The Federal Aviation Administration is close to wrapping up its investigation of the parents who reported that their son floated away aboard a helium balloon.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said Wednesday that fieldwork in the investigation of Richard and Mayumi Heene has been completed.

He expects results to be released in about two weeks. Authorities say the Heenes falsely reported that their 6-year-old son had flown away on October 15 to drum up attention for a
possible reality show. Both have pleaded guilty to criminal charges
in the case.

The FAA investigation is a civil one and possible penalties range from a letter of reprimand to a fine.

The Heenes' balloon briefly forced some planes to switch to a different runway for takeoff from the Denver airport.


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