April 27th, 2009 in Breaking News
VIDEO: Moments Of Fear After Jet Flys Over Lower Manhattan
MYFOXNY.COM - There were reports of buildings evacuated in Lower Manhattan after a commercial-sized jet was seen circling the city with two fighter jets following it.
It turns out, the planes were part of a planned photo shoot.
Watch the video footage, left, of the jets over Lower Manhattan.
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.
A man emailed MyFoxNY.com saying his wife and her co-workers at Goldman Sachs in Jersey City were evacuted because of the planes.
Another Web site viewer had emailed MyFoxNY.com that they has seen a flight being escorted by a fighter jet from the window of their Staten Island home.
The Staten Island Advance said that eyewitnesses said the plane appeared to be Air Force One.