Air Force One Manhattan Flyover Pictures Released
By Ed O'Keefe
Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by other news organizations, the Air Force released Friday 146 images from April's ill-fated Air Force One flyover of Manhattan.
The incident involved a Boeing 747 jet used to transport President Obama and two accompanying Air Force fighter jets that circled Lower Manhattan, near where two commercial airliners struck the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The site of low-flying planes in the vicinity sparked a citywide panic and angry reactions from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other New York officials.
The White House later apologized, as did Louis Caldera, director of the White House Military Office, who approved the flyover.
"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," Caldera said in a statement.
Days later, Caldera resigned.
The Air Force also released reams of e-mails, memos and other supporting documents related to the incident, including news articles recounting the outrage expressed by lawmakers and New York City officials and images of the approved flight plans.
Posted at 4:25 PM ET on Jul 31, 2009
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