Air Force, FAA, Investigating Uptown Flyover
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The pilots of four fighter jets now under investigation by the US Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration.
What Charlotte-Douglas Airport officials first said was practice for Panthers home game flyovers, has now quickly turned into something else. What else exactly, remains to be seen.
The jets and pilots are from the 74th Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia. They took off from Charlotte Douglas Airport Monday at approximately 11:30 AM and flew over the Panther’s stadium at “low altitude.”
An Air Force news release references the flights in the four A-10C Thunderbolt II’s as “training,” but goes on to say “…we are working with the FAA to ensure both civil and military aviation instructions were complied with,” and, “The pilots involved have been restricted from flight duties pending the results of the inquiry.”
Reaction to the flights has been mixed on social media. Immediately after the fly over Monday, some called it “concerning” and “unnerving.” Tuesday, after the investigation was announced, one man said “(I) watched them take off from Charlotte Airport…bringing excitement to downtown Charlotte!” And another said: “I would have loved to see them, they didn’t hurt anything.”