FAA rejects military flight near NYC
NEW YORK - The Federal Aviation Administration turned down a Navy request to fly a patrol aircraft past Manhattan yesterday, two weeks after a nerve-racking Air Force photo shoot over the Statue of Liberty caused a brief panic.
The agency said it refused clearance for the flight down the Hudson River because the Navy had given it only a few hours notice of its plans.
The P-3 Orion reconnaissance plane from the US Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Maine, was to have flown past the city, then headed back north, sometime around 10:30 a.m.
It was to have flown at around 3,000 feet, well above New York's tallest skyscrapers, in an air corridor where planes of a similar size are a common sight.
But after city officials were informed and higher-level FAA officials learned about the request, they declined permission for the flight, saying unannounced military flybys were a bad idea.
Two weeks ago, some office workers near the World Trade Center site and across the river in New Jersey ran for cover when a
This time, authorities took no chances.
After the FAA alerted the mayor's office in the morning that the flight would take place, the city sent out a public notification warning that a military plane would be in the air.
Shortly thereafter, the FAA told the Navy the mission was off.