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A Military Plane Circled Over Manhattan and For a While, No One Knew Why

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-4-45-01-pmA military plane circled low over Manhattan for several minutes on Wednesday afternoon, and initially, nobody seemed to know why.

Here is a summary of some of the reports about it:

According to Buzzfeed deputy news director Tom Namako, the NYPD could not account for the military aircraft flying low over the city.

Huffington Post social media editor Ethan Klapper has identified the aircraft as an HC-130N, which belongs to the New York National Guard.

And here’s some further clarification from aviation expert Jason Rabinowitz:

People were perplexed as the aircraft circled the sky:

UPDATE 5:40 p.m. ET — The flight was apparently approved by the FAA:

Air Force Col. Nicholas Broccoli said that the flight was “standard military exercise,” according to Washington Post reporter Thomas Gibbons-Neff.

And here is another video of the plane as it circled over Manhattan.

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