Why are planes flying so low over Pittsburgh?



PITTSBURGH - We've been receiving a lot of calls and emails here at WPXI about low flying planes in the area.

While that would concern anyone, Lt. Stacy Gault of the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, WV told Channel 11 viewers not to worry.

Gault said the Air Force is conducting a series of practice drills, utilizing a number of regional airports, including Pittsburgh International. The drills include practicing landings and takeoffs according to Gault.

The aircraft people are seeing is a C-5 cargo plane, the largest aircraft the Air Force has.

According to Gault, the C-5 is so large; when it is flying overhead it appears lower than it really is.

Fun Facts:

  • The C-5 is so large; it can hold 6 school buses in the cargo area. 
  • The length of the aircraft is actually longer than the Wright brother's first flight.
  • The C-5 is capable of transporting people as well as cargo.