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NEW YORK (WABC) -- A photo shoot involving an Air Force aircraft and a fighter jet led to hundreds of frightened calls from residents and workers in Lower Manhattan Monday.

For a half-hour, the Boeing 747 and F-16 jet circled the Statue of Liberty and the lower Manhattan skyline near the World Trade Center site. Offices evacuated. Dispatchers were inundated with calls. Witnesses thought the planes were flying dangerously low. The exercise involved an F-16 escorting the plane, a Boeing 747, over Battery Park City and up the Hudson River. Some reports quoted an administration official who said the purpose of the photo op was to update file photos of the president's plane near the Lady Liberty.

The large plane is the military version of the 747 and is the type of plane the president uses to fly. When he is aboard, the plane is referred to as Air Force One.

The head of White House Military Office apologized for the incident late Monday.

"Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision," said Louis Caledra. "While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it's clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused."

President Obama was apparently not informed of the flight. When he learned what happened, sources said Obama was furious.

 

 

As trapalhadas sucedem-se mas, curiosamente, a responsabilidade nunca é do Presidente: há-de haver sempre um assessor, um director ou um secretário qualquer para assumir a culpa. Faço uma pequena ideia do circo que se montava se isto se tivesse passado durante a Administração Bush...

publicado por bmptavares às 02:41
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