2001-12-08 / Editorial/Opinion

Too Close For Comfort

In the weeks following the crash of Flight 587, there have been a number of complaints called into our office about planes that are flying very low along the peninsula. While few flights have been re-directed and are flying over the water, most of the flights are still traveling directly over homes and residential buildings. The other day an employee of The Wave looked on in astonishment as The Concorde, traveling into Kennedy Airport, was flying at an amazingly low altitude. The plane was low enough for several staffers to actually think that the plane may have been in some type of trouble. At a time when the community is on edge, as a result of the recent tragedies, it is appalling that this situation involving low-flying planes has been allowed to continue. The Belle Harbor area suffers in the aftermath of the crash, and unless serious action is taken to prevent further catastrophes, many other Rockaway homes and buildings will become nothing more that eminent targets.

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