Four Air Force Pilots Grounded. Onlookers Shocked as Jet Buzzes Bank of America Stadium

Immediately after 9/11, from my mother’s backyard, I watched US F-14s fly nape of the earth and do maneuvers. Same with NYPD and NYSP helicopters. Nothing happened to any of those pilots and, it was in NYC. Annoyingly loud, but it is, what it is.

The Silent Soldier

The A-10 Warthog (Photo: Public Domain) The A-10 Warthog (Photo: Public Domain)

August 31, 2016

By Lorra B.

After a low-altitude buzz-by over the Bank of America Stadium in downtown Charlotte on Monday, four Air Force jet pilots find themselves grounded, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Taking part in a navigational training session from Charlotte to Moody Air Force Base in Georgia, the A-10 ‘Warthogs,’ like all planes flying over busy city areas, are instructed to remain “1,000 feet above the highest obstacle,” according to Federal Aviation officials.

On Monday, however, an A-10 dove very low over many buildings including the Bank of America Stadium where the Carolina Panthers were practicing.

The incident caught players and bystanders off guard. Alarmed, several onlookers posted to social media.

“… fighter jets just buzzed by my window of the high rise bldg I work in – uptown Charlotte NC. Scary!” wrote Julie H. Saunders on Twitter.

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