Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fighter jets over my head!

Calls for an immediate post. I was an eyewitness to yesterday's 3 low flying aircrafts over New York and New Jersey fiasco that resulted in panicked staff being evacuated from the buildings, running out and finding a safe place to stand and wait. 

And where was that place? Right below my building at the edge of the water! Yes. 

The whole crowd from Goldman Sachs and other folks from the Jersey City's Financial district flowed this way as the planes started circling and i thought somebody has decided to bomb them all and put an end to the financial crisis!! ..... Ok that was a PJ i admit but i cannot deny that the thought did not cross my mind as it did to about a few hundred of them i'm sure who had lived through 9/11 and were standing right now looking up and down wondering what to do...

I saw atleast 2 of those airplanes and heard all three. Boy oh boy it made such a huge noise and the whole crowd looked helpless and wanted some explanation. I was looking from my balcony down below and saw many things, calls were flying, people were taking pics. and the mood was so serious. I didn't know, the crowd didn't know and the people who were witnessing this fiasco from our apartment building and other buildings did not know that IT WAS JUST A DUMB PHOTO SHOOT! duh! How can they scare people that way? I have to now tell you that Jersey city is not a place where people are not used to flying machines over the buildings, infact most of the CEO's here i presume travel by helicopters or small aircrafts, i see atleast 50-60 such pick ups and drops everyday since my building overlooks Manhattan. So it was not that people were not used to that noise but the noise that 'Airforce 1'(apparently) made and the two fighter jets made were HUGE to say the least. Anybody would think we are being attacked. And trust me it is an unnerving feeling. And just as we were all standing, rooted, there comes a mini van with a mike announcing that there was nothing to worry and it was a sanctioned photo shoot!

The crowd was relieved, i was relieved and then people became angry.... why did they ever make them all go through this shit! (Excuse my french!)
Well, here is the CNN story link, in case my post did not make any sense to you whatsoever...
PS: You see the blue building in the pic, i'm right behind it....


18 Comments:

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Butterfly said...

It must have been really scary. I read it in this morning's news and though that it was mighty stupid of them to do this. After 9/11, It must have been totally scary.

I checked both the links to figure out which blue building you were talking about.

You know what? They were all looking kinda blue to me. :D

 
At 10:51 AM, Blogger Deepali said...

There was something in the papers here this morning but I didn't bother reading it.

But ya I can understand why people were scared. I remember after the blasts in the trains here, I was always a little worried when I saw luggage (or any big sort of bag) in the compartment I was in.

Well I am sure the people planning the shoot might never have thought that people might react this way but if it was planned in advance, it would have made sense to announce it before hand.

 
At 10:51 AM, Blogger Deepali said...

There was something in the papers here this morning but I didn't bother reading it.

But ya I can understand why people were scared. I remember after the blasts in the trains here, I was always a little worried when I saw luggage (or any big sort of bag) in the compartment I was in.

Well I am sure the people planning the shoot might never have thought that people might react this way but if it was planned in advance, it would have made sense to announce it before hand.

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger Reflections said...

Sheesh.... must have had the heart thud-thudding in panic atleast for a few mins.

"i thought somebody has decided to bomb them all and put an end to the financial crisis!!"
Seriously everything we think, do & see is automatically linked to the finanacial crisis. Tho the govt of Dubai is going around crying hoarse tht the economy has stabilised;-P

 
At 12:11 AM, Blogger Swetha Iyer said...

Gosh! wat an experience it must have been. These are the moments when, like they say, your entire life flashes in front of you.

Take care

 
At 2:09 AM, Blogger Jaggu said...

OOPS!!It must have been really scary. That too in New York city. I hope they dont repeat it.

 
At 4:28 AM, Blogger Reflections said...

Hmmmm....looks like u've got another job;-D

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger Cosmic Joy said...

Hi Preethi,

Just dropped by to say hello. Hope things are going well.

 
At 2:40 AM, Blogger m.flowerr said...

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At 2:40 AM, Blogger m.flowerr said...

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