large, low-flying plane has buzzed Durango several times this week after 11:30 p.m., but officials from nearby Air Force bases say they are not running any training missions in the Durango area. The plane, which has lights and propeller engines, has woken residents about 11:30 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. on Sunday and Wednesday, respectively. Some residents have reported hearing it other nights at 1 or 1:30 a.m. It has been seen traveling southeast over the Animas Valley and the city of Durango. The plane is not from Kirtland Air Force Base, in Albuquerque. The base does not send planes to train in Colorado or fly on Sundays, said Jim Fisher, a spokesman for the base.
But it is possible that a visiting military unit was flying in the area, he said. “It could be a whole host of different things,” he said. The base has also gotten complaints about aircraft in Northern Arizona, he said. The plane is also not coming from Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis in eastern New Mexico, said Major Mindy Yu. The base would seem like a logical home for the plane because military officials there train pilots to fly at low altitude in the mountains after dark to simulate Afghanistan terrain. MORE