Friday, a Piper Super Cub banner tow aircraft reportedly dispatched to buzz a New York City Flight 1549 anniversary celebration while trailing a sign that read “If you died today, would you go to heaven or hell? John 14:6” made a forced landing at Fresh Kills landfill, which holds 9/11 wreckage. The owner of Smoketown Banners, LLC, of New Holland, Pa., which operated the aircraft, told CBS news that an anonymous client paid for the ad meant to be seen by survivors of the “Miracle on the Hudson.” The owner said the Piper blew a cylinder, its pilot notified controllers at Newark Liberty International Airport, dropped the banner in a stand of trees and made a safe landing on a road after circling back to the now-closed landfill.
The landfill was closed after it became a burial ground for debris created by the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Other than its arrival, the aircraft did not disturb the site as it set down on Arden Avenue shortly before 1 p.m.