FAA allows drone to search for missing Fort Worth woman

PLANO, Texas (AP) — Federal authorities have authorized the use of a drone to search for a North Texas woman who disappeared more than a week ago.

An emergency waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration authorizes the nonprofit Texas EquuSearch group to send a drone to look for 23-year-old Christina Marie Morris of Fort Worth.

Police in the Dallas suburb of Plano say Morris was last seen Aug. 30 at a local shopping center.

The FAA has tangled with Texas EquuSearch in the past. A federal appeals court this year ruled that an FAA warning to EquuSearch prohibiting it from using drones had no legal consequences.

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The FAA is expected to issue final rules on drone use next year.