Colorado

Sep 29, 2010 9:29 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Low level Air Force flights still up in the air

The U.S. Air Force is giving people more time to comment on a proposal that would establish areas in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico for low-altitude training flights.

The Air Force initially asked that comments be received by Oct. 4. That has been pushed back to Nov. 15 due to tremendous public response, including a letter from members of New Mexico's congressional delegation.

The training out of Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico would involve C-130 and CV-22 aircraft flying as low as 200 feet above the ground.

The proposal has sparked opposition from residents who fear flights could disrupt wildlife and ranching.

The Air Force says its in the very preliminary stages of assessing the impacts of the proposal and there will be more chances for public comment.

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