A military flyover scheduled to take place on the Hudson River on the 19th anniversary of the September 11th attacks has been slammed by New Yorkers, with many calling for the 'tasteless' and 'insensitive' idea to be canceled.
The New York City Emergency Management system on Thursday announced an F-18 jet will be conducting a flyover near the Verrazzano Bridge at 3.30pm on Friday.
The aircraft will fly at an altitude of about 2,500 feet, according to a statement posted on Twitter.
The display is intended to be among several tributes held across New York City honoring the victims of 9/11 on Friday however, the event has been slammed on social media as ill-conceived.
Critics said the idea to have a low-flying jet over Manhattan on the day the nation will pause and remember the hijacked-plane attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center is 'insensitive' to the family of victims.
'Granted, I no longer live in NY, but this seems like a really bad idea, verging on completely tasteless,' Brandon Borrman, Twitter's VP of global communications, tweeted.
People bow their heads during the 9/11 memorial service at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum during the 19th anniversary of the terror attacks
'Are you out of your mind? Cancel this immediately?' Staten Island Rep. Max Rose said.
Another critic added: 'Someone is definitely out of their mind. Why in the world would anyone decide to have a fly over in NYC on September 11th? This is not a tribute, it is extremely insensitive especially to the families of those who were murdered in the Twin Towers that awful and horrific day.'
In a statement to DailyMail.com, aspokesman for the Mayor's Office said: 'The mayor wasn’t aware of the flyover, and frankly it’s inappropriate. He looks forward to thanking our heroes and honoring those we’ve lost at the ceremony this morning.'
The spokesperson did not confirm whether the event will be canceled.
The 19th anniversary of the terror attacks will be marked by dueling ceremonies at the September 11 memorial plaza and a corner near the World Trade Center, reflecting a divide over the memorial's decision to suspend a cherished tradition of relatives reading victims' names in person.
Vice President Mike Pence is expected at both those remembrances in New York, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the observance on the memorial plaza.
President Donald Trump and Biden both plan to go to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania - at different times. Trump is speaking at a morning ceremony, with Biden paying respects in the afternoon.
Light tributes to September 11 victims shone across America as commemorations begin on the 19th anniversary of the terror attacks.
Tributes paid to those who lost their lives have been altered this year, with restrictions in place due to Covid-19.
In New York, the annual 'Tribute in Light' was almost cancelled after the 9/11 Memorial and Museum said there was a virus risk to the installation crew.
In Washington, a tower of blue light shone over the Pentagon one of many changes to the annual remembrance, which has been scaled back this year.
In New York, the annual 'Tribute in Light' was almost cancelled after the 9/11 Memorial and Museum said there was a virus risk to the installation crew. The tribute shone above the Manhattan skyline last night
In Washington, a tower of blue light shone over the Pentagon one of many changes to the annual remembrance last night. It will remain lit until the early hours of Saturday 12
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation illuminated its 'Towers of Light' tribute next to the Pentagon on Wednesday, and it will remain lit until the early hours of Saturday 12.
This is to honor the lives lost in Flight 77, which struck the Pentagon after being hijacked, killing all 64 passengers and 6 crew on board, and 125 people in the building.
Military leaders will conduct the Pentagon's ceremony without victims' families in attendance, and their loved ones' names will be recited by a recording.
Although they won't be read on-site, victims' relatives can visit the Pentagon's memorial in small groups later Friday.
Light tributes to September 11 victims shone across Washington as America begins commemorating the 19th anniversary of the terror