The military airplane and two large helicopters flying over Midtown Manhattan last week were leading an “emergency relocation” exercise in case President-elect Donald Trump needed to be extracted from the city, DNAinfo New York reported Wednesday.
Without knowing ahead of time, New Yorkers and visitors to the city witnessed the C-130 search-and-rescue aircraft and two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters making passes over the “no-fly” zone of Manhattan for 40 minutes last Tuesday, sparking fears about another 9/11 attack, The New York Times reported.
According to DNAinfo, sources said the flyovers were part of an “emergency relocation drill” that would help find locations, primarily in Central Park, where a helicopter could land near Trump’s home inside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and 56th Street, and safely evacuate the president-elect and others from the city.
“It was the military doing their homework,” one source said.
“They were making plans how to remove him, mapping plans and strategizing,” another source said.