Monday, April 27, 2009

Wire: Air Force One 747, F-16s in Photo Shoot Cause Panic, Evacuations in NYC

Off the Wire

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.)

Source: White House was updating AF One file photo
Raw Video: Startled New Yorkers Run Through Streets as Obama Plane Photo Op Goes Awry

Low-Flying Military Planes Cause NYC Panic
Moments Of Fear After Jet Flys Over Lower Manhattan

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Anonymous Mark S. McGrew said...

Take this with a grain of salt, but "Photo op" makes no sense at all. This source says, according to Russian intelligence, the f16s were going to shoot Air Force One down:

6:07 PM EDT  
Anonymous MoJo said...

Maybe the Rooskies know something we don't?

6:41 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how Obama wants an to show a powerful symbol of his presidency next to the Statue of Liberty when he has yet to even mention liberty in a speech and his policies promote anything but....

7:30 PM EDT  
Blogger Ju said...

Why Obama wanted to do an airplane photo op right around the site of the World Trade Center defies the imagination...

See this video my friend captured. Obama Photo Op Disaster: New Yorkers Running Scared in the Streets by Goldman Sachs


8:37 PM EDT  

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