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Fly Over Canary Wharf

Thu Oct 24, 2002 6:23 am

Got an e-mail from a friend in London this morning telling me of a Boeing 737 that was to have performed a low level fly over Canary Wharf. Apparently, when they announcement was made over the P.A. system, some employees could not understand what was being said. This caused some concern, obviously, as Canary Wharf is (from what I'm told) the financial district of London.

"We just got an announcement over the building intercom...saying...
> "may we have your attention plse, we have just been...police....boeing
> 737...canary wharf"
> the .....was all muffled and he repeats it!
Everyone was freaking out because no one could make out what he was saying!
Turns out the police have given some charity group the ok to fly low near
our buildings at 2:30!"

The announcement was eventually followed by an e-mail which clarified matters to the relief of the employees of the building:

> URGENT - Information just received.
> This afternoon (Weds 23/10/02) at 2.30pm a Boeing 737 will fly over Canary
> Wharf at a height of 1800 feet.
> This is for a charitable event and has been authorised by relevant
> regulating bodies.
> Please inform your staff of this event to ensure:
> a) there is no undue panic
> b) that the emergency services are not swamped with calls.
> Operations Office
> Metropolitan Police

Did anyone hear about this charitable event, and, can those who know shed some light on the situation.
I can't imagine how I would have reacted had I been in that situation (ha ha!)

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RE: Fly Over Canary Wharf

Thu Oct 24, 2002 9:04 am

Isn't Canary Wharf right in line with the flightpath to LCY?
But a 737 isn't allowed to land there... Why would they allow a 737 fly over C.W. while it is right on path to London City?

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RE: Fly Over Canary Wharf

Thu Oct 24, 2002 10:56 am

Oh god, everyone in the building must have shat twice and died of fear. Everyone in the City (London's financial district) knew someone lost in the WTC. If the "transcript" above highlighted the few actual words that were audible, it must have been really scary.
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RE: Fly Over Canary Wharf

Thu Oct 24, 2002 4:56 pm

I work in the city of London and here is the message that all of our employees got:

A Message to All London Employees

Fly past

We have just received the following information from the Police.

This afternoon (Wed 23rd October) at 2.30pm, a Boeing 737 will fly over Canary Wharf and Central London at a height of 2000 feet.
The flight path will be along the course of the river Thames over the Millennium Dome and then on towards Windsor. This has been officially sourced, and we have been assured that it will not descend below 2000 feet. This flight has been undertaken for Under Privileged Children, National Children's Home.
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RE: Fly Over Canary Wharf

Thu Oct 24, 2002 6:52 pm

I saw the plane. It flew quite high over the tower but did not look like a 737. I thought it was a 757. Can anyone confirm?