- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2015

The U.S. Navy does not appreciate “Top Gun”-inspired maneuvers over college campuses.

An investigation has been launched into the actions of a F/A-18E Super Hornet pilot who roared over the city of Berkeley at an altitude of 2,500 to 3,000 feet. Fire alarms went off, and nervous students took to social media accounts as the jet passed through the area.

The investigation into the pilot’s flight path will determine whether or not Federal Aviation Administration and Navy regulations were breached, a Naval Air Force Pacific spokeswoman has toldNavy Times on Friday. The pilot was taking part in a training flight at the time, Lt. Reagan Lauritzen told the newspaper.

A local newspaper reported that an anonymous source who claims to be a UC Berkeley student said the pilot was his brother. The source said that that the flyover was the pilot’s way of honoring his brother before leaving California’s Naval Air Station Lemoore for another assignment in Texas, Navy Times reported.

The pilot was under FAA for the entirety of his flight and seemingly flew in accordance of Navy regulations — “an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle with a clear horizontal radius of 2,000 feet when flying over a densely developed area or assembly of people,” Lt. Lauritzen told the newspaper.

The officer told Navy Times that an investigation was underway due to the number of complaints.


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