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Italy suspends license of helicopter pilot who dropped flower petals on mafia funeral in Rome

  • Pallbearers carry the coffin of Vittorio Casamonica, identified by officials as one of the bosses of the Casamonica clan, next to a horse-drawn carriage, during the funeral ceremony in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.Romans aghast at a spiraling mafia probe have found new reason for alarm with the Hollywood-style funeral of a purported crime boss, replete with gilded horse-drawn carriage, flower petals tossed from a helicopter and the theme music from "The Godfather." (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP)

    Pallbearers carry the coffin of Vittorio Casamonica, identified by officials as one of the bosses of the Casamonica clan, next to a horse-drawn carriage, during the funeral ceremony in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.Romans aghast at a spiraling mafia probe have found new reason for alarm with the Hollywood-style funeral of a purported crime boss, replete with gilded horse-drawn carriage, flower petals tossed from a helicopter and the theme music from "The Godfather." (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mourners attend the funerals of Vittorio Casamonica, identified by officials as one of the bosses of the Casamonica clan, in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Romans aghast at a spiraling mafia probe have found new reason for alarm with the Hollywood-style funeral of a purported crime boss, replete with gilded horse-drawn carriage, flower petals tossed from a helicopter and the theme music from "The Godfather." (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP)

    Mourners attend the funerals of Vittorio Casamonica, identified by officials as one of the bosses of the Casamonica clan, in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Romans aghast at a spiraling mafia probe have found new reason for alarm with the Hollywood-style funeral of a purported crime boss, replete with gilded horse-drawn carriage, flower petals tossed from a helicopter and the theme music from "The Godfather." (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Flowers are tossed in front of the Don Bosco church, during the funerals of Vittorio Casamonica, identified by officials as one of the bosses of the Casamonica clan, in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Romans aghast at a spiraling mafia probe have found new reason for alarm with the Hollywood-style funeral of a purported crime boss, replete with gilded horse-drawn carriage, flower petals tossed from a helicopter and the theme music from "The Godfather." (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP)

    Flowers are tossed in front of the Don Bosco church, during the funerals of Vittorio Casamonica, identified by officials as one of the bosses of the Casamonica clan, in Rome, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Romans aghast at a spiraling mafia probe have found new reason for alarm with the Hollywood-style funeral of a purported crime boss, replete with gilded horse-drawn carriage, flower petals tossed from a helicopter and the theme music from "The Godfather." (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Italy's civil aviation authority has suspended the license of the helicopter pilot who flew low over Rome to drop flower petals during the over-the-top funeral of a purported local crime boss that has outraged city residents.

In addition to the flower petals, the funeral Thursday of Vittorio Casamonica featured a gilded, horse-drawn carriage carrying the casket and a band playing the theme music from "The Godfather" outside the Rome church.

Civil aviation authority ENAC said in a statement Friday it was suspending the license of the pilot as a precaution, given that single-engine helicopters are prohibited from flying over the capital. ENAC said the helicopter flew below the 1,000-foot (330-meter) limit and violated regulations by tossing objects — flower petals — out of its hold without authorization.