FAA: Jetliner in air show no danger to CA bridge

AP News
Posted: Oct 19, 2010 5:25 PM
FAA: Jetliner in air show no danger to CA bridge

A United Airlines jet that appeared to buzz over the Golden Gate Bridge in videos circulating on the Internet posed no danger to the span, the Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday.

The agency had received no complaints about the flyovers performed Oct. 9 and 10 as part of San Francisco's annual Fleet Week, FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

In the videos, the jet makes a wide turn before flying low over the bridge.

Kenitzer said the aircraft was well above the span, and blamed the angle at which videos were shot for making it appear closer than it actually was.

He said flight restrictions were in place in the area and that an air traffic controller was directing the plane's altitude.

United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said the company was showcasing one of its 747s to celebrate its longstanding partnership with San Francisco.

"The fly-by was conducted as part of a well-publicized air show and with the utmost consideration to the safety of the public and the aircraft," McCarthy said.