Army says its helicopters buzzed Washington city

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Associated Press

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 13 at 11:01 AM

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The Army says it's responsible for the low-flying military helicopters with spotlights that buzzed around the small town of Port Angeles, Wash., late Thursday. An Army official is apologizing for the unannounced training mission.

Dozens of residents called police to ask what was going on. Mayor Cherie Kidd said Friday the choppers, in her words, "terrorized my city."

The mayor says no one had advance warning, and city officials spent hours Friday trying to determine where the helicopters came from — or, as she put it, "who had invaded Port Angeles."

The Peninsula Daily News reports (http://is.gd/LDLhv2 ) Army Col. H. Charles "Chuck" Hodges Jr. termed the episode "totally unacceptable" and added his apology. In his words, "At the very least we should have notified local authorities of the exercise."

Hodges says he has launched an investigation.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

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