A military flyover planned for September 11 has been cancelled as a result of backlash. The military had scheduled the flyover to take place on the Hudson River as a tribute during the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Critics called the idea both “tasteless” and “insensitive.”
The New York City Emergency Management system announced the flyover on Sept. 10 on Twitter. An F-18 jet would fly 2,500 feet over the Hudson toward the Verrazzano Bridge at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
As a result, critics called for an immediate cancellation of the 9/11 flyover.
The idea received immediate public scorn with many calling for its immediate cancellation. Critics called the event “insensitive” to the families of the victims. On September 11, 2001, the terrorist organization Al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes in a series of terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. Flights AA 11 and UA 175 crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, killing 2,753 people.
New York representative Max Rose went on Twitter to voice his contempt.
Several other Twitter users agreed with Rose in light of the event. Brandon Borrman, Twitter’s vice president of global communications, was also among them.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wasn’t aware of the plans for the military flyover. Additionally, a representative of his condemned the event.
‘The mayor wasn’t aware of the flyover, and frankly it’s inappropriate. He looks forward to thanking our heroes and honoring those we’ve lost at the ceremony this morning,’ the spokesperson told Daily Mail.
According to the outlet, the organizers subsequently scrapped the event after the city formally asked the Department of Defense not to proceed with the flyover.
Both New York City and Washington D.C. also illuminated the sky today with beams of light for a more well received tribute. The cities will keep the beams lit through Sept. 11 to honor the memories of those who died at the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
[H/T: Daily Mail]