Occupy Philadelphia forces plane’s move from City Hall

Posted: November 28, 2011

Monday morning, a work crew assembled a twin-engine Cessna Skymaster on the north side of City Hall.

By late afternoon, the plane had been disassembled and taken away.

What was that all about?

The Wolk Law Firm of Center City obtained a permit last week to have the plane parked next to City Hall. The law firm wants to use the plane as an exhibit in a lawsuit over a 2007 crash involving the same type of plane.

The work crew arrived at City Hall with the plane about 5:30 a.m. It was fully assembled sometime after 9 a.m.

And then the city decided it had to go.

"They just said it can't stay here," said John Gagliano, a lawyer with the Wolk firm.

Mark McDonald, spokesman for Mayor Nutter, said it was not a good idea to have the plane parked so close to Occupy Philadelphia.

The Occupy protest was ordered to leave Dilworth Plaza on the west side of City Hall by 5 p.m. Sunday.

As of Monday night, a reduced contingent of protesters was still camped there - "illegally," McDonald emphasized.

The city arranged to have the plane parked in a lot behind the Criminal Justice Center.

It will be kept in a tent with 24-hour security for about a week, Gagliano said.

The firm, which specializes in aviation safety and accidents, had a plane parked without incident last year outside City Hall.

Contact staff writer Robert Moran at 215-854-5983, bmoran@phillynews.com, or @RobertMoran215 on Twitter.

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