Austin
5:36 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

That Low-Flying Plane Over Austin Was Just Doing Some Exercises

City officials have confirmed that a military training operation took place over Austin today.

A U.S. Navy E-6, similar to a commercial Boeing 707, flew over Austin during a touch-and-go drill, a common exercise in which a pilot lands and takes off again without stopping. The plane was from Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. 

"This is very standard," said Jason Zielinski, a spokesman for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. "We don't do it every day, and on these occasions people see a plane and wonder what it's doing above their house."

Zielinski said these are pilot training operations, requiring the pilot to make touchdown briefly on the runway, then continue flight.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the plane as an E-4. We regret the error. 

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