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FAA: Fleet Week Jet No Danger To Golden Gate Bridge

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A frame from a YouTube video shows 747-400 flying near the Golden Gate Bridge. (YouTube)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration says a United Airlines jet that appears to buzz the Golden Gate Bridge on videos circulating on the Internet posed no danger to the span.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the agency has received no complaints about the 747-400 flyovers performed Oct. 9 and 10 as part of San Francisco’s annual Fleet Week.

In the videos, the jet makes a wide turn before flying low over the bridge.

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Kenitzer blamed the angle at which videos were shot for making it appear closer than it actually was. He says there were flight restrictions in the area and an air traffic controller was directing the plane’s altitude.

A United spokeswoman says the flyovers were part of a well-publicized air show and done with the public’s safety in mind.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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