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Air Force One photo op causes panic in New York

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/27/air-force-one-new-york-september-11

Defence department version of Barack Obama's plane flies near the site of the September 11 attacks

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A defence department version of Air Force One is followed by a F-16 jet as it flies over New York harbour.

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A Boeing 747 used by the president was escorted over lower Manhattan by a US air force fighter jet today as part of a government photo opportunity and training mission, causing a brief panic among office workers near the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Workers from several office buildings poured out on to the streets before they learned that the flights were innocuous.

John Leitner, a floor trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange Building, said about 1,000 people "went into a total panic" and ran out of the building about 10am after seeing the planes whiz by their building, which is near the World Trade Centre site.

"Apparently, nobody in the building was informed that this was going to happen," he said. "Everyone panicked, as you can certainly understand."

He said the workers gathered along the Hudson river until a security officer with a bullhorn told them it was a planned exercise.

"The FAA [federal aviation administration] and the presidential airlift group conducted an aerial photo mission" and training for crew members of the president's flying fleet, said air force spokeswoman captain Angela Webb. She declined to release any other information about the nature of the photos being taken.

She said the flight involved a VC-25, a defence department version of the 747 that is called Air Force One when the president is aboard, and an air force F-16 jet fighter. They flew over the upper New York Bay and Newark Bay.

The FAA said it notified city law enforcement about the mission.

The New York police department said the flight "was authorised 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 all inquiries to the FAA".

Among the workers who left their buildings were some at The Wall Street Journal.

Kathleen Seagriff, a staff assistant in the news rooms, said workers heard the roar of the planes and then saw them from their windows.

"They went down the Hudson, turned around and came back by the building," she said. "It was a scary scene, especially for those of us who were there on 9/11."

Some staffers, who thought they made out an American flag on one of the planes, stayed behind. But she said most didn't want to take the chance.

Webb did not know why the public wasn't notified ahead of time.

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Real smart, not letting anybody know about this. People freaking out, couldn't get out of buildings quick enough!

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Funniest part about it was Robert Gibbs' response in the presser. Lets say he was a little :confused:.

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yeah President Obama is furious, heads are gonna roll.

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yeah President Obama is furious, heads are gonna roll.

I bet he lol'd just a little bit though. I mean, when you REALLY scare the hell out of someone it IS pretty damn funny.

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they were spraying the area with swine flu.

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This was a boneheaded play from top to bottom :smilielol5:

...haven't heard THAT line since Delhomme pushed the Cardinals to the superbowl.

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they were spraying the area with swine flu.

we all noticed you on the youtube cowering in the gutter peeing your pants....

....and yes I meant the one that was taken the day BEFORE Barry's flyby.

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At least Bush knows how to close a deal.

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we all noticed you on the youtube cowering in the gutter peeing your pants....

....and yes I meant the one that was taken the day BEFORE Barry's flyby.

no, no, that was the one I sent you in a PM.

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