May 6th, 2009
04:04 PM ET
4 years ago

White House plans to release plane flyover report, photo

Pentagon officials say more than $300,000 was spent on a New York flyover by a 747 plane used as Air Force One
Pentagon officials say more than $300,000 was spent on a New York flyover by a 747 plane used as Air Force One

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House indicated Wednesday that a report and a photo from the controversial low-altitude New York flyover by a 747 plane used as Air Force One could be released soon.

Earlier, White House officials had said that there were no plans to release photos to the public.

But the tone seemed to change on Wednesday.

"The report, I believe, will be concluded at some point this week. We'll release its findings and release a photo," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said during his daily press briefing.

The review, led by Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina, will focus on "why that decision was made and to ensure that it never happens again," Gibbs said.

The flyover, officials said, was a training mission - it was also a government-sanctioned photo shoot.

Military officials also estimate that the mission and the photo shoot, aimed updating file photos of Air Force One - cost around $328,835 in taxpayer money

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