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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:19 am, Thu Sep 19, 2013.

A C-123 military plane led to some confusion and concern Saturday morning when it flew over southern Queens.

The twin-engine propeller plane, a U.S. military staple during the Vietnam War, flew at around 5,000 feet over JFK Airport, Howard Beach and Ozone Park at around 9:45 a.m. Saturday. The dull buzz of the plane’s engines sent eyes skyward, leaving some residents to wonder what was going on.

Military aircraft, including C-130s and Chinook helicopters, are not uncommon over southern Queens and typically herald a visit by the president of the United States or another world leader, but Saturday’s event seemed out of the ordinary.

“I thought it had something to do with Syria,” one Howard Beach resident wrote on Facebook.

But the real story is much less threatening.

The plane, which was retired by the U.S. Air Force in 1980, was being used in filming a scene for the show “Alpha House” at Republic Airport in Suffolk County and was on its way back to base out west.

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