Pope Francis’ plane, ‘Shepherd One,’ crossed over LBI en route to Philadelphia

     Shepherd One's flight plan. (Image: FlightAware.com)

    Shepherd One's flight plan. (Image: FlightAware.com)

    The plane shuttling Pope Francis from New York City to Philadelphia crossed over the southern tip of Long Beach Island this morning.

    The American Airlines Boeing 777-200 aircraft, dubbed “Shepherd One,” departed John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, N.Y. at 9:10:04 a.m., according FlightAware.com, an aviation tracking service.

    The flight plan took Shepherd One on a path generally parallel to Monmouth County and northern Ocean County, before turning to the southwest at 9:18:24 while approximately 16 miles east of Seaside Heights.

    For about the next five minutes, Shepherd One continued on the southwesterly path, approaching Island Beach State Park and northern and central Long Beach Island, turning toward the west at 09:23:34 while approximately four miles off Holgate at a maximum flight altitude of 13,600 feet.

    The plane crossed over Holgate between 09:23:57 and 09:24:14, at which point the flight began its descent over the Great Bay. 

    Pope Francis landed at Philadelphia International Airport at 09:44:29.

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