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Helicopter flying low over my house!

JOPLIN METRO — Every year in August we get these questions:

  • “Why is that helicopter flying so low!”
  • “Is that helicopter looking at my plants?”
  • “What is JPD doing with that helicopter on 32nd!”

Many people believe conspiracy theories and think worst-case scenario. Not sure why it applies to helicopters. They seem to stir up people.

Liberty Utilities began the annual aerial inspection of more than 1,300 miles of lines, using a helicopter, to inspect the electric transmission and distribution system.

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“During this inspection, we’ll be in a low-flying helicopter, using infrared technology to check our lines and identify any potential issues that may lead to outages,” Liberty states in a media release.

QUESTION: “Is there a fugitive on the loose or something? Helicopter was flying super low around 23rd and Connecticut, any idea?” –tipline

ANSWER: No fugitive. It’s Liberty Utilities.

The tail number will be visible N724HK. And you could spot the color scheme on the helicopter as well.

Put away your tin foil hats and relax! It happens every year about this time.

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