Low-flying aircraft will be over N.J. through Thursday

    Image: Creative Commons

    Image: Creative Commons

    If you see multiple aircraft conducting low level fly-overs through Thursday, don’t be alarmed.

    It’s part of the federal Inter-agency Aerial Response WINGS exercise that begins today, featuring more than 12 aircraft — fixed-wing and rotary — equipped with radiation detection capabilities, according to a National Nuclear Security Administration release.

    “This exercise will allow local, state, and federal aerial assets who support the northeast region of the United States and beyond the opportunity to improve their radiological emergency response techniques while exercising the integration of multiple airframes, agencies, and jurisdictions into a larger unified response,” the release states.

    Participating agencies include the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Custom Border and Protection, New York Police Department, Suffolk County Police Department, Philadelphia Police Department, Florida Department of Health Bureau of Radiation Control, Florida Highway Patrol Aviation Unit, Delaware State Police, and the US Army 244th Aviation Brigade with the 20th CBRNE Command.

    Officials will manage air operations at the Ocean County Airport in Berkeley Township.

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