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White House to Release 'Flyover' Debacle Photo

Thursday, 07 May 2009 12:24 PM

By Jim Meyers

The White House has reversed course and announced that it would release a photo from the controversial Air Force One-style flyover of New York last week.

Officials sent an Air Force One backup plane to fly over lower Manhattan so that the jet could be photographed with the Statue of Liberty in the background.

The public was not notified in advance, and panicked New Yorkers who saw the plane feared a repeat of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and evacuated office buildings, Fox News reported.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said no photos of the flyover would be released, telling reporters: "I've watched CNN. I didn't notice a lack of archival material from that flight."

But on Wednesday he announced that an internal report would be issued, saying: "We'll release its findings and release a photo."

President Barack Obama has called the $328,000 flyover "a mistake."

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