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Low flying plane for military funeral

Published: Sep. 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM CDT
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MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WAFF) - A low flying military plane had many concerned citizens asking questions on Saturday afternoon.

Many viewers were calling and sending emails around the Shoals area were asking why a large military plane was flying very low.

Officials said that the Lockheed C-130 Hercules was flying very low because of a military funeral service in Piney Grove near the Franklin and Colbert County line.

This type of

is usually for Airmen of The United States Air Force that are rated officers such as pilots, navigators, air battle managers, observers, and flight surgeons. Career enlisted aviators flight engineers, loadmasters, and boom operators are also eligible for this type of ceremony.

The Airman honored was 41-year-old  Lt. Col. William Michael Mitchell of Shalimair, Florida, formerly of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, passed away Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.

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