It’s the heart-stopping moment a giant cargo jet weaves between skyscrapers during a “risky” stunt some say is reminiscent of 9/11.
The surprise flight through Brisbane stunned locals – while footage quickly went viral online.
And opinion is divided on Thursday’s low-altitude prank, with some saying it made them think of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil.
A Royal Australian Air Force C-17 cargo jet is seen on a practice run ahead of Saturday night’s annual SunSuper Riverfire event.
Residents were warned in advance for the rehearsal.
However, many were still shocked to see a Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft swooping down near buildings.
NBC senior executive Mike Sington saw the footage on Twitter.
Posting a video, he said: “No, no, no, just not.
“A Royal Australian Air Force jet weaves through the skyscrapers of the city of Brisbane, on purpose.
“It was a rehearsal for an air show, leading to an immediate flashback to 9/11.”
Others reported that the flight was almost as dangerous as it appeared.
They say the plane was actually flying over a river through the city – and not directly through built-up areas, as seen in the video.
Australian report Chad Ryan said: “It is not immediately visible in the angle in this video, but the plane is flying over a river that passes through the city.
“No weaving between buildings.
“It was widely publicized before it happened so that people would not be caught off guard.”
However, many online called the flight “terrible”.
A pilot of a C-17 jet in the US Air Force said on condition of anonymity task and purpose The stunt will never be allowed to be performed in the states.
And he called the move “crazy”.
“If the crew is timed off or if they are slow to react, the jet will hit a building. Very risky,” he said.
The IAF had already informed the local people about the flight.
In a statement, officials said: “Safety, noise management and the environment are important considerations in the planning and operation of defense flight activities.
“The participating squadrons will work with a view to minimizing the impact on local communities.
“The health and safety of all personnel participating in this event is of paramount importance.”
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