White House Sorry for Fly-By

By Jess Kilby,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2009 12:02 AM CDT
White House Sorry for Fly-By
Dark clouds hang over Air Force One, carrying President Barack Obama, as it arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. after a trip in Iowa, Wednesday, April 22, 2009.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The White House has apologized for allowing a low-flying Boeing 747 to buzz New York City, a move that traumatized many residents by sparking memories of 9/11, CNN reports. "Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision," said White House Military Office director Louis Caldera. "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."

President Obama is “furious” about the incident, says an official from the Military Office. The fly-by was a part of a photo shoot the office organized to update its file photos of Air Force One. (More Air Force One stories.)

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