Local 5 partner station WJMN in Upper Michigan has been covering a story called Exercise Northern Strike.
Yesterday, WJMN reported Navy seaman from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six (HSC-6) based out of San Diego performed a combat search and rescue (CSAR) exercise in Marquette, Wednesday, followed by a maritime search and rescue mission Thursday.
Local 5 can not officially confirm the flyover was conducted by HSC-6, however the presence of Navy helicopters in Upper Michigan is a connection we are looking into.
Visit www.upmatters.com for more on the military exercises in the U.P.:
FRIDAY 8/17/2018 4:58 p.m.
Aaron Popkey, Director of Public Affairs for the Packers, sent Local 5 the Packers’ official statement on the flyover.
The helicopter flights over Lambeau Field last night were not a planned component of the game.
We are in contact today with the proper authorities to gather more information as to the nature of the flights.
FRIDAY 8/17/2018 4:06 p.m.
The Steelers may have been the opponent on the field, but the issues at last night’s game were more with the Seahawks.
That’s right – Seahawks – the U.S. Navy version of Blackhawk helicopters.
Two of them flew over Lambeau Field during last night’s Packers game with the Steelers.
It happened moments after Aaron Rodgers tossed a touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham.
The close pass caught fans and players by surprise, as well as police who are now looking into the incident.
Police tell us they have found that the Navy choppers had permission from Austin Straubel’s control tower to cross the airport from west to east…which places Lambeau in the flight path.
Local 5 spoke to the FAA today and we were told that military aircraft do not need a waiver to fly into restricted airspace over major events like NFL games.
Police are still looking to determine what the destination was for the Seahawk choppers.