The drone of helicopters filled the skies over Elysian Valley tonight as the choppers, photographed above by Matt Hartman, from the city police and fire department as well as the L.A. County Sheriff headed for Dodger Stadium as part of a 9/11 tribute flyover. But a few hours earlier, in approximately the same air space, a bright, red single-engine plane swooped and looped over the the L.A. River near the interchange of the 2 and 5 freeways, stirring not awe but concern among residents like Diane Edwardson of Silver Lake. Edwardson, who took the photo below, described what she saw from her home shortly after 12 pm:
It was dipping its wings in both directions, looking like it was out of control, taking steep climbs& dives & flying really irresponsibly for about 15 minutes before heading south in a similarly shaky flight south along the 5 Frwy. There were no other aircraft in the area as usually happens with filming. I think he even did a complete barrel roll. Frankly it was extremely bad taste to do this on 9/11.
It’s not clear what the small plane was doing but Edwardson called 911 shortly to report the aircraft.