By Martin Cole-
An incredible footage of a plane flying through a busy city skyline has caused has excited some social media users.
Locals in Brisbane, Australia, were treated to some incredible skills from the pilot of a C-17 military cargo jet as they practised for an upcoming Royal Australian Air Force show in the city.
The footage depicts the jet weaving between the city’s skyscrapers at a low altitude, and while many were in awe of the stunt, for some American viewers the footage brought up some uncomfortable memories.
‘No, no, no, just no. Royal Australian Air Force jet weaves through the skyscrapers of downtown Brisbane, on purpose. It was a rehearsal for an air show, causing immediate flashbacks to 9/11,’ NBC executive Mike Sington tweeted alongside the video, prompting others to chime in, labelling the manoeuvre ‘terrifying’ and ‘inappropriate’.
No, no, no, just no. Royal Australian Air Force jet weaves through the skyscrapers of downtown Brisbane, on purpose. It was a rehearsal for an air show, causing immediate flashbacks to 9/11. pic.twitter.com/oR8NwIW5Yp
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) September 24, 2021
As the footage spread online, there were some concerned observers who felt it posed a danger to the public and that the pilot must have been losing his mind. Others said they felt the pilot was drunk and should be sacked.
Local Brisbane residents clarified that the plane hadn’t actually been flying as close to the buildings as the video made it appear. ‘Not really accurate Mike he’s following the river which snakes the city,’ one person replied.
‘Been happening in Brisbane for over three decades,’ another resident pointed out.
The sight of the plane got people buzzing because of how close to the ground it appeared to be.
The Royal Australian Air Force issued a statement ahead of the stunt on Thursday, confirming that it had been planned and that local residents had been informed about the flight rehearsal well in advance.
‘Safety, noise management and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of Defence flying activities, and participating squadrons will operate with a view to minimising the impact on local communities,’ it said.