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Singing Dutch Pilot Wins Appeal

December 13, 1998

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) _ A Dutch pilot was unjustly barred from an airport in the northern Netherlands for continually singing the theme to ``The Flintstones″ over his radio, an appeals board has ruled.

Wim de Nijs, better known in Holland as Capt. Flintstone, had taken his case to the Dutch Council of State after the airport in the city of Groningen had forbidden him from taking off or landing there from March 1996 to July 1997.

Last year, De Nijs was briefly jailed by authorities who said he tied up a frequency used by air traffic controllers when he bellowed out the theme song to the popular cartoon series _ ``Flintstones, meet the Flintstones, they’re a modern stone-age family″ _ in English for 20 minutes at a time.

The Council of State conceded the need to keep the airways safe, but said Friday the ban was too harsh.

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