Mys­tery of plane solved

The Chronicle - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS may have no­ticed a plane which cir­cled Toowoomba skies for hours and hours each day last week.

Ac­cord­ing to plane watch­ing web­site Flightaware, the plane, a Nur­tanio Avio­car twin pro­peller, turned up from Bankstown last Sun­day af­ter start­ing its jour­ney that morn­ing at HMAS Al­ba­tross, a navy base in Nowra.

It landed at the Oakey Army Avi­a­tion Base at 3.43pm. It spent al­most three hours in the air on Mon­day morn­ing and took off for an­other flight last­ing about three and a half hours that af­ter­noon. The pat­tern con­tin­ued through­out the week, with an­other three-hour flight this morn­ing.

A Depart­ment of De­fence spokesman said it was a nor­mal test­ing pro­ce­dure.

“The air­craft you in­quired about is con­tracted to de­fence and is con­duct­ing test­ing and cal­i­bra­tion of its sys­tems. It’s a nor­mal pro­ce­dure for these sys­tems to be tested.”

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