Wire: Air Force One 747, F-16s in Photo Shoot Cause Panic, Evacuations in NYC
Off the Wire:
UPDATE: The White House apologized today for an incident some news outlets are calling an Obama photo-op. An administration official confirmed to the Associated Press that the White House Military Office wanted to update its file photo of the president's plane near the Statue of Liberty. Story updates are linked at the end of this article.WASHINGTON, April 27, 2009 -- Newswires reported that military aircraft flying over lower Manhattan, including a Boeing 747 from the Air Force One fleet, caused a brief scare for residents, workers, and pedestrians on Monday.
The FAA said planes circling Lower Manhattan were part of "photo op." Spokesman Jim Peters told the Wall Street Journal that the Defense Department was conducting a photo shoot that involved two F-16s escorting a Boeing 747 in the vicinity of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. He said the maneuver is not an emergency and was coordinated in advance with the FAA and state and local officials. But the Port Authority told the WSJ that it was not notified of the event.
News outlets reported that many residents and workers who saw the aircraft evacuated their buildings.
(Report from commercial news sources.)
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