Everything Changed After 4/27 [UPDATED BELOW]
I lived here during 9/11 and I’m surprised folks are still this jumpy (make sure to watch the video at the bottom of page). Maybe I’m used to low-flying planes living out here in Brooklyn, but I can’t believe that many people got freaked out, even people in Jersey City. Weird.
MORE: Here’s a second video from the same woman whose video was in the NY Times post…
UPDATE: I stand corrected. CBS 2 in NYC has posted some descriptions from witnesses. This is fucked up and explains the terror in Jersey City…
Amy in Jersey City wrote: “I work in the 30 Hudson building in Jersey City, on the side that faces the Statue of Liberty. Our group is on one of the top floors and needless to say we probably had some of the best views of this incident. We were conducting work as normal when all of a sudden we see this huge commerical plane coming at us. People were ducking and on the floor because it came so close. The plane flew right over us and couldn’t have missed the building by more than 100 feet. Then we heard people scream it was coming back. The plane literally looked like it was going to barrel into our building coming straight at us until it turned upwards at the last minute. I can’t believe I saw the underbelly of a plane fly over me. When it started coming back a 3rd time, we ran for the stairs. It’s safe to say we are pretty angry about having to evacuate and go down 30+ flights of stairs for a ‘photo shoot.’ What a start to the week.”
Yikes. I’d be running for the stairwell, too, if this account is accurate. This photo-op was an exceptionally bad idea.
MORE: The blame game begins...
City officials were notified of the planned flight, but did not share that information with New Yorkers, many of whom said they were terrified. [...]
NYPD brass say defense officials expressly told the city not to inform the public.
“The flight of a VC-25 aircraft and F-16 fighters this morning was authorized by the FAA for the vicinity of the Statue of Liberty with directives to local authorities not to disclose information about it but to direct any inquiries to the FAA Air Traffic Security Coordinator,” Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said.
The mayor’s office was told the jets would only buzz the Statue of Liberty once, and not fly over downtown three times, a source said.
“Had we known, we would have pushed back,” the source said.
Until more info is released I’m siding with the NYPD and the mayor on this. Still not clear who authorized this on the fed side, though. Someone’s head should roll for this cock-up, though.
UPDATE: Here’s video someone took in New Jersey and submitted to ABC News in NYC. This really puts it in perspective. You can hear someone yelling “Oh my god” about halfway through as the plane turns awfully close to a building.
MORE: A commenter at the NY Times brought up a very good point...
They need a 747 with 2 fighter escorts to take pics of the statue of Liberty on a business day
This was a bad enough idea, but, if they had to do it, why not on a weekend when all of the office buildings would have been empty?