Many Sunday beachgoers in Tumon Bay were jolted by the sight and sound of a military helicopter that flew low over Tumon Bay toward the end of yesterday's international marathon, which was attended by thousands of people.
The helicopter is not one of the U.S. military's.
It was a visiting Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter, which, following the episode that some tourists and residents captured on cameras and videos, was advised to avoid flying close to the civilian community.
"The helicopter took off from HMCS Winnipeg, one of two Royal Canadian Navy destroyers currently visiting Naval Base Guam," said Lt. Timothy Gorman, public affairs officer for the U.S. military's Joint Region Marianas, when asked for comment.
The helicopter was en route to Andersen Air Force Base when it flew low over the reef in Tumon Bay, creating a spectacle for Sunday beachgoers. The helicopter's side doors were open, and two crew members could be seen sitting by the door.
"Although the helicopter was in FAA-approved airspace, we have reminded our partners to be good neighbors and to avoid disturbing heavily-populated areas," Gorman said.