FAA investigating 'unsafe' military flyover at Saints-Titans game

By , Audacy Sports

A flyover at a recent NFL game is reportedly being investigated amid concerns over whether the display was carried out safely.

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Federal and Army officials are looking into a helicopter flyover prior to the Saints-Titans game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville on Nov. 14.

Videos and photos of the stunt showed four helicopters, reportedly from the Army's 101st Airborne Division, buzzing Nissan Stadium at very low altitude.

The development comes in the wake of an investigation by NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, which reported on Tuesday that the FAA is now treating the startling incident as a "pending investigation."

In videos posted by both the Titans and the 101st Airborne, at least one chopper appeared to enter the stadium by descending in over a scoreboard, potentially putting the aircraft at or below the level of fans sitting in the upper deck.

A former FAA investigator told the outlet that the display was "unsafe," and that it was more akin to a "fly-through" than a flyover.

An Army spokesperson had previously downplayed safety concerns and said there was no scheduled review of the incident.

The retired FAA investigator, identified as Larry Williams, said a flyover should be carried out at about 1,000 feet to ensure safety, and said the incident in question was "very dangerous."

Flyovers have long come under scrutiny since they were ramped up in the years after 9/11. Even FOX NFL broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were overheard mocking them on a hot mic last season.

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