New Yorkers got a big scare. They evacuated buildings. The White House reported that the presidential jumbo jet was in the middle of a “photographic mission.”
New Yorkers today got a new scare because of the low-flying planes near Manhattan, although this time it was for a photo session made to Air Force One next to the Statue of Liberty and for which Washington later asked sorry
At midmorning today many New Yorkers saw with amazement how a plane very similar to the one used by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, was flying over the Hundson River at the height of the southern area of the island of Manhattan escorted by two combat aircraft.
That vision unleashed panic among many of them, who could not help remembering the attacks of September 11, 2001, in which two terrorist-controlled planes struck the World Trade Center Twin Towers and killed almost 3,000 people. .
The aircraft, which is part of the so-called Air Force One – the planes in which the American president travels – flew over the Statue of Liberty on several occasions, always closely followed by two fighters and above the Hudson River.
On that same river is where last January a plane with 155 passengers on board made a spectacular emergency landing without any injuries.
Hundreds of New Yorkers spontaneously left their buildings today and others were evacuated by local authorities, who were unaware of what was happening.
Just a scare.However, this time it was not an emergency, but rather a “photographic air mission” organized by the United States Air Force, which is responsible for the presidential planes.
According to that body, a Boeing 747 – called Air Force One only when the US president is on board – participated in today’s exercise, which was escorted by two F-16 fighter jets.
The presence of these planes also triggered alert calls by citizens to local authorities and the media, and also caused them to be evicted from buildings in Jersey City and other areas of the state of New Jersey, located on the other bank of the Hudson River. .
Later, even the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, admitted being “furious” for not having known in advance about exercises that, according to some analysts, even momentarily affected the evolution of the New York Stock Exchange, whose headquarters is also located in the southern Manhattan.
“Knowing why the Defense Department wanted to take photos right where the World Trade Center catastrophe occurred defies all imagination,” said the mayor.
In fact, although the evacuation of buildings in southern Manhattan was practically spontaneous, eyewitnesses assured Efe that even the police officers who were on the streets did not know what was happening, so they also encouraged the eviction of buildings.
Given the annoyance shown by authorities and citizens, from Washington the director of the White House Military Office, Louis Caldera, officially apologized.
“Last week I approved a mission to New York. I take responsibility for that decision. Although federal authorities took the appropriate steps to notify local and state authorities in New York and New Jersey, it is clear that the mission has created confusion and disorders, “Caldera explained.