NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The U.S. Navy on Friday canceled plans to hold a military flyover in Manhattan for the 19th anniversary of 9/11 after the event was widely criticized.
“As per the US Navy, today's F-18 jet flyover on the Hudson River has been canceled,” NYC Emergency Management announced just after 11:30 a.m.
The flyover was scheduled to begin over the Hudson River towards the Verrazano Bridge on Friday afternoon. However, many New Yorkers said the event was in poor taste given the events that occurred 19 years ago.
“Is someone in the Pentagon deliberately trying to trigger PTSD in NYC,” City Councilman Mark Levine asked on Twitter after hearing about the planned flyover.
New York City residents agreed, saying the event would trigger the memories of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
“This is insane and cruel to those of us who still suffer from PTSD when we hear a low-flying plane no matter where we are, yet alone flying down the Hudson River past the WTC,” one user posted on Twitter.
“Whose brilliant idea was this??? ‘Let’s fly a plane nice and low over NYC on 9/11.’ That’s completely insane!!” another user added. “Doesn’t everyone have enough trauma right now???”
Others said it was “the worst idea ever” while others said they are still traumatized by the sound of airplanes overhead from seeing the first plane crash into the Twin Towers 19 years ago.
A spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio said City Hall told ABC7 they had formally asked the Department of Defense not to proceed with the flyover, and they were glad to hear it had been canceled.