Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Lots of interest in low-flying aircraft

Flying low: Buzzing jet just a training exercise

AUSTIN (KXAN) - The military is not targeting Austin!

Repeat: The military is not targeting Austin! This is just a drill.

That's the word from Austin Bergstrom International Airport after several callers, emailers, social media devotees and others sent out queries about a low-flying, four-engine jet with a U.S. Navy decal near the tail buzzing Downtown Austin on Wednesday.

The aircraft was a Navy E6 from Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City and was making touch-and-go landings during a standard training procedure, ABIA said.

Based on wind direction, takeoffs and landings at ABIA were operating in a south flow. Using the airport's largest runway on the west side of the airfield, the plane stayed on the west side of the airport and near the downtown area.

Stand down! Repeat: Stand down!

That is all.


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