Passengers on last week’s Norwegian Breakaway cruise received a scare on June 24 when an airplane flew extremely close to the cruise ship during a military training exercise.
A Police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service has received several calls from concerned members of the public regarding aircraft flying at low altitude over the island.”
“After speaking with the Airport Duty Officer, it has been confirmed that the aircraft in question are two military jets that have permission from the Department of Civil Aviation to conduct low altitude circuits over Bermuda.”
Update June 25, 8.17am: A Civil Aviation spokesperson has now advised that “Civil Aviation did not issue any permission to the operators of these jets to conduct any low flying high speed flights around the island. This matter is being looked into by Civil Aviation.”
Update 8.53am: A subsequent email from the Head of Operations at the Department of Civil Aviation about the “low flying French Air Force Falcon aircraft” said the Department “did not grant permissions for them to violate the Low Flying Rule of the Air” and apparently the information previously received is “erroneous.”
As we have the Police, citing the Airport Duty Officer, saying one thing and the Department of Civil Aviation saying another, we have asked both entities to provide full clarity and will update as available.
There were no reports of anybody getting hurt, but most were completely terrified, reports say.
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Sources & References: Cruise Fever, Bernews