Reports of a military plane circling Manhattan surfaced on the web Tuesday afternoon and kind of freaked some people out.
One person commented, “I am on the 60th floor of the Empire State Building and it has circled closer than anything I have seen.”
The C-130 belongs to the 102nd Rescue Squadron of the New York Air National Guard.
Not normal activity, but it has already departed NYC. https://t.co/y2Jl5lSQAz
— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) December 13, 2016
— Gabe Sehr (@GabeSehr) December 13, 2016
NYPD didn’t know why the plane was flying low, BuzzFeed reported, and the FAA reportedlysaid“we do not disclose the mission of what the plane is doing.”
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) December 13, 2016
ABC correspondent Aaron Katerskytweetedthat the fly over was part of a training exercise andThomas Gibbons-Neff, a staff writer at the Washington Post, tweeted, “Col. Broccoli, CO of the 106th Rescue Wing says the C130 circling Manhattan is doing ‘standard military training.'”
Col. Broccoli, CO of the 106th Rescue Wing says the C130 circling Manhattan is doing “standard military training.”
— Thomas Gibbons-Neff (@Tmgneff) December 13, 2016
The FAA released a statement:
And here’s the statement from the FAA pic.twitter.com/yYbFYU5cEY
— Mary Georgantopoulos (@marygeorgant) December 13, 2016
ABC7 reported that the Black Hawk helicopters seen at the same time were not related to the mysterious plane. Trump was reportedly walking out of Trump Tower and the Secret Service was keeping a careful eye in the sky.
In any case, one Twitter user offered this advice:
— Nikki ? (@NWPolitics123) December 13, 2016