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UPDATED: Low-Flying Plane Circling Lower Manhattan Escorted By Fighter Jets

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Jenna Bluehut
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« on: April 27, 2009, 01:15:21 pm »

UPDATED: Low-Flying Plane Circling Lower Manhattan Escorted By Fighter Jets



A government exercise involving low-flying planes has created a panic in New York City.


Two fighter jets escorted a low-flying Boeing 747 over lower Manhattan on Monday as part of a federal government photo opportunity.

That's the same part of town where hijacked passenger jets crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

John Leitner, a trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange building, says people began running outside when they saw the planes around 10 a.m.

About 1,000 workers gathered along the Hudson River until a security officer told them it was a planned exercise.

Leitner says workers got no official advance notice. But the FAA says it notified city law enforcers.



The Wall Street Journal reported that a plane escorted by fighter jets was circling Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. They obtained a statement from an FAA spokesman who said there was no emergency and that the incident was part of a "photo op."

The New York Post has more information. Apparently, the aircraft is a backup plane for President Obama and the city notified businesses about the staged photo but not the general public.

The plane is a backup for Air Force One and the Department of Transport "coordinated the flight with FAA and we made the notifications to the city so they were aware that the flight would take place between 10 and 10:30 this morning."

Readers in New York, did you see the plane flying at low altitude this morning? If you managed to snap a picture, send it to us at photos@huffingtonpost.com with your name in the subject line.
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