Low-flying military planes in New York 'part of a photo op'Source: Telegraph World News
By Gary Fennelly
Monday, 27 April 2009
A plane, being tailed by two fighter jets in New York, is part of 'photo op', according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Aircraft were seen flying at low altitudes over the Statue of Liberty and parts of lower Manhattan
The planes flew low over the Hudson River, near the site of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and circled several times.
The event caused scores of frightened office workers, fearing a terrorist attack, to flee buildings in Lower Manhattan and Jersey City.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said that the Boeing 747 circling Lower Manhattan escorted by F-16s was part of 'photo op' being carried out by the Defense Department.
“They’ll do two or three spins...and will be done by 10:30,” Mr. Peters said.
"It is pre-planned, pre-coordinated with everyone involved. It's a military flight over New York to take photos."
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said it did not know about the event.
New York City has released an advisory that the flyover was "part of an approved federal activity."
North American Air Defense Command refused to answer questions and referred enquiries to the FAA.
To take from SNL's Weekend Update Segment: Really? I mean, REALLY?!! Come on!
Who in their right mind approved this and then failed to inform ANYONE in the city about it? You'd think if you wanted to create a photo-op of a low flying jumbo jet being tailed by two U.S. jet fighters in New York City, of all places, you would let people in the city know. Release a statement before hand or tell the local authorities to inform residents or something.
View this short video clip taken from someone's phone. You see literally dozens of people take off running down the street out of fear that the plane was going to crash on them.
How incompetent must our government be to actually try to pull something like this off and not even consider the consequences of it. You are pretty much reenacting an event that shook this country to its core in the very city where it happened (mind you, NYC does not do well with planes it seems) and you don't even try to contact the proper people to get word out about this stunt. People were evacuating office buildings, likely fearing for their lives. Causing emotional distress and not to forget loss of work due to standing around on the street for probably a half an hour or so. All for a simple photo-op too.
Great way to encourage America to work hard and move on from our tragedies. At least the White House apologized after-the-fact for the stunt and stopped pointing fingers at one another. Even though they claimed to have no prior knowledge of the stunt.
I know everyone is upset about this little mistake but I really want to encourage that we attempt to find out who messed up on this. We've had enough screw ups from our government lately and perhaps it really is time to weed out the incompetence that seems to thrive in parts of our government. Starting with the guy who thought this would be a good idea.
Here is the only video of the flight I can find at this moment.