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Low-flying plane worries Manhattanites

A commercial plane carrying returning military personnel flew near the Statue of Liberty and low over part of Manhattan, prompting emergency calls from people on the ground. The Continental Airlines plane, a Boeing 777, was given permission to change its flight plan as it approached its destination of Newark Liberty International Airport at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The flight pattern was intended “to provide a special homecoming for members of our armed forces,” the FAA said in a statement. The statement said FAA officials “regret any negative effect this flight had on some New York City residents.” The FAA also said it has since issued an order that future similar requests will not be granted. The flight flew at about 3,000 feet, the FAA said. Planes typically fly over the city at more than 3,500 feet. Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a statement saying: “Considering the world we live in and New York City’s recent history, one would expect a little more concern, sensitivity and notice from the FAA when they authorize a plane to fly at that altitude over lower Manhattan.” Full Story

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