CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - UPDATE: 8/30/16 (6:22 p.m.): The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking into reports that four U.S. Air Force A-10 aircraft made a low altitude pass over the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC, after air traffic controllers approved the pilots' request to overfly the facility.
They departed from Charlotte Douglas International Airport at 11:35 a.m., headed to Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, GA.
“As professional Airmen we take aviation safety very seriously,” said Col. Thomas Kunkel, 23d Wing commander, in a written statement, on Tuesday. “As we look into the circumstances of this incident we are working with the FAA to ensure both civil and military aviation instructions were complied with.”
The pilots involved have been restricted from flight duties pending the results of the inquiry.
Social media has gone into a tail spin after many people reported seeing fighter jets flying very low over the Charlotte area Monday afternoon.
The jets appeared to freak a lot of people out.
The planes could be seen, and heard, over Huntersville and Uptown in Charlotte, specifically around Bank of America Stadium.
Some users started to have a little fun with the event, posting memes and other commentary.
According to Charlotte Fire Communications, the planes that flew over town were actually military jets, A-10’s to be exact.
According to Huntersville Fire Department, F-15 fighter jets were scheduled to do a fly over Bank of America Stadium for the Carolina Panthers preseason game Thursday. They said that the A-10’s will now be handling the game.
On Monday, Moody Air Force Base released this statement to FOX 46 Charlotte:
"Four A-10C Thunderbolt II’s from the 74th Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base took off from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, North Carolina at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, and flew over the Panthers Stadium at low altitude.
The pilots were conducting routine navigation training from Charlotte to Moody AFB and not participating in the U. S. Air Force’s flyover support to the National Football League.
The Air Force provides flyover support to the NFL to showcase our airpower and aircraft capabilities. These flyovers are at no additional cost to the tax payer and provides time on target training for the pilots. We have a solid relationship with national-level sporting teams and flyovers are part of our outreach efforts to engage with communities across the country.
Moody officials are looking into the details of the flight."