Saturday, September 13, 2003

Circling plane creates phone panic

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MASON - An airplane stuck in a holding pattern on its way to the Cincinnati Lunken Air Show on Friday spawned 150 panicked calls that overloaded Warren County emergency call lines, said Frank Young, the county's emergency services director.

"We got inundated with hysterical callers who thought we were under attack," he said.

"Believe it or not, the dispatchers were picking up the telephone and going, 'Are you calling about the airplane? Yes, we know about it; it's OK.'"

Young said the C-141 Starlifter cargo plane had left Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton and was headed for Lunken when the pilot apparently was ordered to continue circling over Mason from about 11:45 until noon.

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