Military plane training causes emergency response

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MACK, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- First responders from around the Western Slope were on high alert late Friday morning after a call came in that a military plane was in trouble.

It all started at about 11:30 a.m. on Friday. According to Lower Valley Fire in Fruita, a call came in about a plane in trouble, possibly near the Mack Mesa Airport.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s office, Colorado State Patrol and Lower Valley Fire, among others, were called to the area of R Road and 10 Road in Mack.

Turns out, it was a training mission, and some incorrect information, according to Frank Cavaliere, Chief of Lower Valley Fire District.

A call came into Lower Valley that someone heard on an air traffic radio app that a military plane might have to make an emergency landing at the Mack airport. Chief Cavaliere said the plane, a military C-130, had also been seen flying low around the Fruita area.

The Grand Junction Regional Airport had been in contact with a military C-130 Friday, and said it was on a training mission, according to Cavaliere. The airport said they were operating normally.

The C-130 is a four-engine turboprop cargo plane made by Lockheed.

This is a developing story and will be updated as we get you more information.