Boswell defends flyover pilot

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 14, 2011 7:20 AM

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Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, wrote a letter to an Air Force investigator in December, supporting the pilot who led a low flyover over Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 20, according to the Associated Press.

Maj. Christopher Kopacek flew too low during a flyover before the Iowa-Ohio State football game.
Boswell urged the officer to accept Kopacek’s explanation that he flew too low because he was trying to avoid other air traffic, AP has reported.

“I have reviewed the video footage of the flyover and see no aircraft out of formation or distressed because of the altitude,” Boswell wrote in the letter, according to the AP.

— by Sam Lane

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