A local OB man has complained to the media about low-flying military helicopters. Jim Baird sent a video to Channel 10News and was interviewed by their reporter.
Baird claims the helos are flying under 200 feet, whereas experts say the aircraft must be no closer than 500 feet to vessels, people or buildings. His video confirms his observation. Baird told the station:
“They were scary close. I mean, you could feel the pulsation of the blades on your body. And I was just standing there with my palms up and my hands out like this asking them, ‘What are you doing?!’ And they flew by.”
Baird described how his lawn furniture were moved around and knocked over. Baird didn’t want to waste his time complaining to the military, so he contacted the media after seeing a TV report on a helicopter in La Jolla flying too close to swimmers at the beach. Channel 10 reported:
Public affairs officers for the Navy and Army Reserve told 10News the helicopters belong to the Air Force.
This is not the first time that OB and Point Loma residents, particularly people living close to Sunset Cliffs, have complained about low-flying military helicopters. Both in August 2011 and in February 2012 there were posts on this.
Thank you, Channel 10, for reporting on this. You have the resources to follow up on this, we don’t.