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Pilot Buzzes Lady Liberty in a Trike

Monsoon trike
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June 3, 2010 — Barry Maggio of Massachusetts, decided to take advantage of the glorious weather Monday (May 31) and tour New York City from the air.  Barry came within 150 feet of the Statue of liberty according to the Wall Street Journal, which wrote that "the U.S. Parks Police notified the Federal Aviation Administration, the New York Police Department launched a chopper to intercept the flight.”

After his up-close look at the US landmark, Maggio headed back north up the Hudson. An NYPD helicopter caught up to him near the George Washington Bridge. Maggio, who was flying an Apollo Aircraft Monsoon trike, was escorted to Westchester County Airport (KHPN), where he was questioned.

As with most airspace violations, Maggio’s familiarity with the airspace was antiquated and was quoted as saying, "I haven't lived here in a while but I guess I didn't realize that security was that tight... [Security is] obviously different in the city here, in Lower Manhattan, and I didn't take that into account."

Maggio videotaped his three-hour journey, and the authorities reviewed the video but once it was determined "they weren't terrorism videos," he was released.

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