A low-flying military jet caused a stir on the Warner Bros. lot Friday afternoon, with eyewitnesses saying the plane came within a few hundred feet of crashing before making a sharp ascent.
Around 2:40 p.m., employees on the lot heard the loud roar of a jet engine, with some reporting feeling their buildings rattle.
“I looked outside my window and you could almost touch it,” said one studio staffer.
About an hour later, studio officials sent out an e-mail to staffers saying the jet was “performing an approved fly-over maneuver as a part of a funeral ceremony at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
“The Studio did not receive prior notification of the fly-over, which we usually do. We are looking into the reasons that such notification was not made. In the meantime, we wanted to apologize for any concern or discomfort you may have experienced.”
Car alarms all over the lot began going off as a result of the near-miss. Many staffers began pouring out of their buildings, worried that there might have been a crash.
“It scared the hell out of everyone here,” said one witness.