Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort responds to Lowcountry woman's threat to 'shoot down' planes

BEAUFORT, SC (WCSC) -  The Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort responded Tuesday to a report that a Colleton County woman threatened to shoot at military planes.

Deputies say the woman complained about what she described as low-flying aircraft flying over her property in Yemassee.

She said the planes were frightening her horses and causing them to run off, telling deputies she would have to shoot the planes down, an incident report states.

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort released the statement Tuesday afternoon: 

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort recently received two inquiries regarding aircraft noise in which an individual threatened to shoot at our aircraft. We take threats to aircraft and personnel seriously which is why we contacted the Colleton County Sheriff's Office to request their assistance in responding to the threat. We appreciate their assistance in communicating with the individual.

Our jets have been operating over the skies of Beaufort and the surrounding area since 1960. It is imperative that our training be conducted to certify that we are the most prepared to defend our country when the nation calls on us. We apologize for any inconvenience that our training causes but it's what ensures mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and children all over this country that their family member in uniform comes home.

The Colleton County Sheriff's Office says the case was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and the military.

The woman was not charged, according to Colleton County Sheriff's Lt. Tyger Benton.

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