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Monday wasn’t first sighting of military choppers over Pittsburgh

August 4, 2018

A helicopter flies over Pittsburgh on Monday, July 30, 2018.

Monday wasn’t the first time military aircraft have flown low over Pittsburgh in training exercises.

City residents took to social media Monday night with questions about the low-flying choppers, which a City of Pittsburgh news release said were part of a Department of Defense-led training exercise that will run through Aug. 4.

A military spokeswoman referred questions Tuesday to the city, whose spokesman said he had no more information on the exercises, including what branch of the military was involved or if people should expect to see more military equipment or personnel in the area this week.

In 2016, area residents reported seeing a Marine Corps Osprey, a tilt-rotor aircraft, fly over buildings in downtown Pittsburgh and land and take off from the Allegheny County Airport.

In October 2012, cargo planes with the Air Force Reserve’s 911th Airlift Wing in Moon flew over Pittsburgh and nearby communities in a training exercise that doubled as a photo shoot. A spokesman for the unit said at the time the mission included dropping items from a plane onto a target in Washington County.

Officials calmed people who were concerned about military helicopters, gunboats and armored vehicles ahead of the Group of 20 economic summit held in Pittsburgh in 2009.

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