AKWESASNE – A low-flying Canadian military aircraft was spotted on Feb. 28, 2014 by Akwesasne community members living on Cornwall Island (Kawehnoke).
AKWESASNE – A low-flying Canadian military aircraft was spotted on Feb. 28, 2014 by Akwesasne community members living on Cornwall Island (Kawehnoke). The plane reportedly flew so low that it was feared that the aircraft had crashed into the nearby St. Lawrence River. Emergency first responders flooded regional highways as reports spread of a rumored airplane crash. No crash actually took place, it was later determined. Questions, however, remain in Akwesasne concerning the incident.
Rarahkwisere, the Wolf Clan representative of the Akwesasne Men’s Council, told the Two Row Times that he heard about the reported plane crash through word of mouth. “I didn’t see anything while it was taking place, but a lot of people here have been talking about this incident ever since,” said Rarahkwisere.
According to published reports, children on Cornwall Island were the ones who first saw the plane.
At least one emergency call was then made from Cornwall Island. That was received by Franklin County (N.Y.) emergency services dispatch, which in turn coordinated with St. Lawrence County (N.Y.). It was described as a low-flying plane with dark smoke trailing from it.
At 1:15 p.m., law enforcement, fire and rescue agencies all reported to the International Seaway. These agencies included New York park police, Massena Village Police, the Massena Fire Department and the Massena Rescue Squad
Inquiries were also received by the St. Regis Tribal Council and the New York State Police, according to media reports. A New York State Trooper spokesperson issued a statement approximately an hour after the emergency call went out that the incident was a false alarm and that there was no airplane crash.
Social media discussions on the situation were a combination of fear and bewilderment. One commenter said that he was inside the nearby St. Lawrence Centre shopping mall for lunch when the aircraft passed directly over the building.
Another commenter who lives on Cornwall Island commented that there was a very loud noise above her house at the same time the local children saw the aircraft. The homeowner noted that she sees many low-flying helicopters and airplanes over the island but this instance forced her to look outside her home for any evidence of the origin of the disturbance. She also noted that other people were commenting that a plane had hit the nearby Robert Moses Power Dam, a large hydro-electrical facility connected to the New York Power Authority electrical grid.
An updated American media account of the incident reported that the plane was confirmed as a Canadian military aircraft, involved in what was described as “a treetop exercise.” Another Canadian media report indicated that the plane made it back safely to the Trenton Canadian armed forces base after the emergency calls were received.
Rarahkwisere stated that a lingering concern in Akwesasne is about the dark smoke that the plane was reportedly emitting. He said that research that he has conducted over the past 8-10 years shows a pattern of chemtrail emissions over the St. Lawrence River, but especially over Akwesasne. “Is somebody trying to gas our people from above, or is the soil being affected by this long-term pattern of unknown pollution, which is what chemtrails are,” said the retired Ironworker and community activist.
He thought about the timing of the sighting. “Friday is sort of a dead news day, so maybe this was an effort to bury this story intentionally, in plain sight. There was an omnibus march on Saturday in the city of Cornwall against Stephen Harper that involved Akwesasne activists, so maybe it had something to do with that protest. I’m going to be doing some digging on behalf of the people to see what else I can find out. If this is a military operational exercise, we need to know what actually took place,” stated the Wolf Clan representative.
Military treetop exercises are apparently are held to familiarize aircraft pilots with ground level flying conditions, which are not routinely encountered. The American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is unable to receive complaints concerning military aircraft, of any country. Canadian military overflights of their claimed southern border are not held out as pressing concerns of the U.S. Homeland Security Department, according to published reports.