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'Looked like 9/11 Australia': Terrifying moment C-17 plane flies towards buildings – as the stunt is slammed as 'stupid and dangerous'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/10/2018 Laura Hedges

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Office workers were left terrified after a Royal Australian Air Force plane flew just metres from high-rise buildings during a major festival.

The Boeing C-17 plane was part of Brisbane's iconic Riverfire at the South Bank parklands.

Footage shows the giant aircraft flying through the city towards the skyscrapers, with one spectator heard calling it '9/11 stuff' as the plane banks upwards at the very last minute to avoid the buildings.

The stunt has been slammed on social media as 'unnecessarily stupid and dangerous'. 

a large ship in the background: The Royal Australian Air Force plane  flew scarily close to a cluster of high-rise buildings in Brisbane last month has caused outrage from the public © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Royal Australian Air Force plane  flew scarily close to a cluster of high-rise buildings in Brisbane last month has caused outrage from the public

'All it would take is a small mistake and those buildings and people would be toast,' one person wrote.

'I mean it's cool and stuff, but that could've gone very, very, VERY wrong,' another added.

a large body of water with a city in the background: The Boeing C-17 plane was part of an air show for the Sunsuper Riverfire festival, and footage shows the giant aircraft flying very low through the city © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Boeing C-17 plane was part of an air show for the Sunsuper Riverfire festival, and footage shows the giant aircraft flying very low through the city

Some people jumped to the RAAF's defence, saying that a great deal of planning would have gone into the execution of the stunt, adding that they wouldn't 'just wing it'.

'Unless both pilots had a synchronised heart attack or catastrophic plane failure, nobody was in any danger,' they wrote.

'I am not saying this is not well thought out,' another responded. 

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'I am just saying that this could've gone very wrong, very quickly. No need to fly that close to buildings where people live/work etc.' 

Riverfire happens every September in Brisbane to celebrate the end of Queensland's three week arts and cultural festival with a day-long concert as well as aerobatics and flypasts from the Australian Defence Force.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Royal Australian Air Force for comment.

a plane flying over a city: But some people jumped to the RAAF's defence, saying that a great deal of planning would have gone into the execution of the stunt, adding that they wouldn't 'just wing it' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited But some people jumped to the RAAF's defence, saying that a great deal of planning would have gone into the execution of the stunt, adding that they wouldn't 'just wing it'

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