Police Won’t Use Helicopters For Crowd Control At Tailgates After White Out Incident

Penn State Police and Public Safety issued a statement Tuesday announcing helicopters will no longer be used to give orders to tailgate crowds, following the senior tailgate incident before the White Out this weekend.

The decision is temporary pending an assessment of the situation Saturday. Penn State Police plans to “continue to confer with state police, and evaluate steps taken.”

On Saturday, a state police helicopter flew what some witnesses estimate as low as 30 feet above the ground in an effort to give orders to disperse a “large-scale party that was getting out of hand” at the senior tailgate in the Yellow lot. The helicopter flew close enough to the ground to send tents, grills, and other debris airborne.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

Below is the full statement:

In the aftermath of the deployment of game day safety and security measures the decision has been made to discontinue use of a helicopter to make crowd announcements at football games pending an assessment. We will continue to confer with state police, and evaluate steps taken, which is our normal practice.

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Anthony Colucci was once Onward State’s managing editor and preferred walk-on honors student who majored in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected]. All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.

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