Re: small plane in DC sky - military or terrorist?
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--- In wtcattack@y..., tedmil@y... wrote:
> We noticed a small twin propeller plane circling fairly low in the
> sky above Arlington (3 miles from DC) yesterday (Saturday) from
> around 1:45 pm to around 2:45 pm. I know the military is patrolling
> the skies here with fighter jets and helicopters, but this plane
> seemed unusual. It didn't look like a crop duster, but it didn't
> like a military plane either. Given the concerns over bio and chem
> terrorism being done via planes, I was alarmed by this. I haven't
> seen any media coverage about the patrolling, so I don't know if
> they're using these types of planes, but it struck me as unusual.
> anyone seen similar planes around DC or other large US cities in
> last few weeks? Does anyone know whether the military would use
> planes for patrolling? Does anyone know who I could contact to find
> out more?