The president admitted today that flying a government jumbo jet low over lower Manhattan and Jersey City without warning the public was a mistake – and one that won’t happen again.
In the future, FAA directives about flyovers that request no public notification will go directly to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, said Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman.
Obama apparently wasn’t happy about the incident, which nearly caused widespread panic when Air Force One buzzed the area trailed by a fighter jet yesterday morning.
The objective, the government said, was to capture photos of the aircraft as it flew over the Statue of Liberty.
The Air Force reported the overall cost of the mission at $328,835, including fuel. Obama wasn’t aboard, the government said.