NEW YORK — A twin-engine plane came within several hundred feet of President Reagan's helicopter because of communication problems at an air traffic control tower, it was reported today.
The close call came last Monday near the Statue of Liberty as Reagan was flying to Air Force One at Newark (N.J.) International Airport after addressing the United Nations, the New York Post reported.
Reagan's helicopter was at an altitude of about 500 feet either over Newark Bay or the New Jersey Turnpike when the private Beechcraft trying to land came within several hundred feet, the paper said.
"The airplane is almost on top of us!" the President's Marine pilot desperately tried to tell the control tower, according to an unidentified source.