Navy cancels training flight over NYC on 9/11 after criticism

Navy cancels training flight over NYC on 9/11 after criticism
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After fierce backlash, the Navy has canceled a training flight in New York City that was scheduled on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

The U.S. Navy said in statement that there are no longer plans to fly over the Hudson River on Friday.

“A training flight was cancelled by the squadron and rescheduled for a later date,” the Navy said in a statement. “That flight had been previously approved in accordance with all Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations, and was unrelated to any 9-11 memorial commemorations.”


NY1 first reported the cancellation on Twitter, with anchor Pat Kiernan writing that the “ill-conceived” plan was nixed by the Department of Defense after a formal request from City Hall.

The city’s emergency notification system tweeted on Thursday that an F-18 jet would be flying over the Hudson River toward the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge at 2,500 feet.

The announcement created an uproar from critics who called it “tone deaf” to have a plan fly at a low altitude on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.


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“Frankly, it’s inappropriate,” a spokesperson for de Blasio said.

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“Are you out of your mind?” he wrote on Twitter.

Other social media users were quick to condemn the plans as well.