The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has condemned the parachute jump off 1 World Trade Center last fall by three skydiving enthusiasts as a “lawless and selfish act that clearly endangered the public.”
The agency said in a statement early Tuesday that one of the jumpers was a construction worker at the trade center site.
The men were first interrogated after being caught on surveillance cameras between the Goldman Sachs building and the Conrad Hotel. However, after the footage of the BASE jump was discovered on their GoPro cameras, they were immediately taken into custody.
The incident further demonstrates how easy it is for four men with parachutes and video-recording gadgets to get to the top of One World trade Center and then jump off it.
Rossig’s lawyer highlighted the building’s security glitches while defending his client.
“Certainly it should be embarrassing to the city that after six months they’ve been investigating this and yet they’ve made no efforts to fix the hole in the fence to the No. 1 terror target in the world,” attorney Timothy Parlatore was quoted as saying.
The video of the stunt was posted online on Monday night and has gone viral since.
The two cases have sparked harsh criticism against lax security at the tower and the New York Police Department is practically being shamed into coming up with measures to ensure nothing of the sort happens again.