April 27, 2009

‘Photo shoot’ jets cause worry in N.Y.

A White House official has apologized for the confusion caused by military aircraft flying over New York as part of a Department of Defense photo shoot.

Residents and workers reported seeing the aircraft -- which the Federal Aviation Administration said included two F-16s and a Boeing 747 that resembles Air Force One -- flying at low altitudes Monday over the Statue of Liberty and portions of the city's Manhattan borough, WCBS-TV, New York, reported Monday.

Louis Caldera, director of the White House Military Office, apologized for the confusion and panic caused by the planes.

Last week, I approved a mission over New York, Caldera said in a statement released late Monday. I take responsibility for that decision. 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.