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Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst conducts practice approaches in Syracuse

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- If you live near Hancock International Airport and heard a large low-flying plane Sunday night, there's no reason for concern. It was a KC-10 from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, conducting practice approaches and nighttime exercises.

This is what the plane looks like. It was in Syracuse between 11:30 p.m. and just after midnight and performed about five or six "touch and go" approaches.

While this may have been a new site for some people, Interim Aviation Commissioner Christina Reale says what happened last night is common at Hancock Airport.

"It happens throughout the year. Syracuse is ideally located for these types of exercises. We get aircraft from military bases up and down the east coast, Reale said.

Reale says it may have been more noticeable Sunday night because of the nice weather and people had their windows open.

The plane's late night flying exercises raised alarm among many residents throughout the area. Some even called 911 after spotting the plane circling the airport several times.

Jamieson Zimmer was asleep when the KC10's loud engines woke him up. He says he was surprised at what he saw.

"It was very, very low and that's what shocked me how low it was and made me, quite frankly, nervous," Zimmer said.

Zimmer says he has lived near Hancock Airport for most of his life and has never seen a plane that size flying so low.

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