Close Up: Jets Get Empire State Building Fly-By

NEW YORK (AP/CBS New York) — As the New York Jets flew home from their victory over the New England Patriots, they took a swing past the Empire State Building for a special sight.

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The landmark was lighted last weekend in the Jets’ team colors, green and white. It will happen again next weekend, when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The Jets’ charter plane was descending toward Newark Liberty Airport on Sunday when the pilot made the request. “Well I’ve had an unusual request,” the captain told the air traffic control tower. “If it’s green and white, these guys actually want to get as close as we could to see it.”

Air traffic controllers cleared a path and let the jet veer over New Jersey’s Hudson River waterfront, about two and a half miles from the building.

“It’s beautiful,” the captain said. “Yeah, we’ve got 200 people looking at it. A pretty night for it, too.”

“I planned that,” the air traffic controller joked.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said the flight received special permission to stray into LaGuardia airspace but other flights were not affected.

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum called it a great ending for their trip.

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  • Nora

    Haha, you New Yorkers just keep yourselves distracted with your infighting. We all know in less than 3 weeks the Empire State Building will be lit black & gold as it was 2 years ago to honor a Steelers Super Bowl victory. Thanks in advance.

  • Dolly

    Sounds like a personal issue..If you really knew Mother Teresa you would recognize that she gave recognition to anyone and anything that would accomplish their goals…Like the JETS!!! It was beautiful to see the Empire State building green and white.

  • Ellen

    Sorry, but Mother Teresa did more for the poor then any sports team. You do realize your ignoring a woman who helped people who lived in poverty regardless of who they were, while your celebrating multimillionaires who only talent is throwing a football around.

    • jack

      Ok, first off — They are multimillionaires because they earned it (more than most multimillionaires). I think you don’t realize how hard nfl players have worked/ are working.

      Second, many football players give back a ton. It is wrong for you to compare great people to mother Teresa and say they aren’t doing enough. What are you doing to help?

      Finally, they light it for sports teams because the whole city is rooting for them. These teams bring so much happiness to MOST (apparently not you) of the people in the city.

      For you to take this as offensive to mother Teresa, and anyone else for that matter, is completely 100% moronic.

  • Jimmy D. Lox

    So the city has money for this it-shay?

    • Michael H.

      It’s a privately owned and operated building. I think the question is “So the owners of the Empire State Building have money for this…”

      The city has nothing to do with it.

  • Jim

    it is wrong not to light it for all request This should be stop to light it for a football team is something that should never be done. I can see why ALso the team play in NJ the HQ in NJ and the Super Bowl will be in NJ

    • Michael H.

      The Super Bowl will be in Arlington, TX, actually.

  • The dog

    I live north of Pittsburgh. LETS GO JETS.

  • Susan

    If the Empire State Building will be lite for team colors on request, Then it should be lite for religious reasons on request. It’s only fair. Religious freaks is a bit insulting.

    • Michael H.

      Nowhere does it say that this was done on request from the Jets or anybody else. The Empire State Building is frequently lit in team colors for the various area sports teams when they have a significant victory and this time is no different.

  • C.J.

    I wonder if these religious freaks will protest since The Empire State Building was not lit in honor of the late mother teresa.

    • Joe

      Sports is more important in the USA than religion. Religious freaks?

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