Amy Trachtman (Antiparticle) Tweets Low Flying Plane Before News Reports

Posted Apr 27, 2009

Amy Trachtman heard a jet plane fly very close to her apartment this morning.  As soon as she heard it she tweeted that she “just had a mile heart attack from a jet plane grazing the apartment…”  According to, she was most likely the first person to report the planes publicly.  The planes caused a stir around New York City as many buildings were evacuated.

?I happened to just be sitting in my apartment on the computer, checking emails and whatnot and trying to read Twitter updates,? stated Trachtman in an interview. ?I guess that?s why I was so fast.?

Trachtman noticed the evacuations taking place and asked her friend in Manhattan to tune in to the radios, news on TV, and check the Internet to see if anything was happening.  At 10:06AM, there was a thread started on JC List, a website forum comprised of Jersey City residents.  By 10:12AM, the JC List reported that the plane was involved a running test by the military.

?We?re hearing reports of low-flying planes over lower Hudson, visible from Staten Island, Hoboken. See anything?? wrote Patrick LaForge, a well known Twitter user.  The DJIA took a little bit of a dip as a result of the news.  The Wall Street Journal wrote a blog post regarding the incidence before the New York Times.

Mayor Bloomberg said he was not happy by the fact that he was not notified about the low-flying jet being authorized from The White House.

“Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision,” stated White House Military Office director Louis Caldera. “While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, its clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”