Low-Flying Plane Causes Concern At Ohio High School

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A low-flying plane over an Ohio high school caused concern Thursday afternoon, according to Cincinnati news station WLWT. “After an exhaustive investigation, we determined there is no evidence of any threat or plan to attack any person or school,” Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit said in a tweet. “HPD is working with Federal Aviation Administration officials to determine what, if any, violation of Federal Aviation Regulations occurred.”

School officials received notification of the low-flying plane spotted near school grounds and called police and the Butler County Regional Airport.

“We had teachers express some concerns, ‘Hey what’s going on?’ because they kept flying over the neighborhood and around our building,” Badin principal Brian Pendergest said. “At no point was it heading directly at our building or anything like that. It was above our building at all times.”

The pilot was taken into custody upon landing and interviewed by the FAA, the news report said. He cooperated with authorities, claiming what happened was a misunderstanding.

The pilot, a freshman in college and home on spring break, was in full compliance, both regarding the aircraft itself and the flight plan, which includes altitude, according to his attorney. Students were not evacuated from the school, and school principal Brian Pendergest said the school never received any sort of threatening message.