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Innocent explanation for strange, circling Air Canada flight south of Victoria

Last Updated Nov 17, 2016 at 10:09 am PDT

VICTORIA – An usual sight in the skies south of Victoria prompted curiosity and concern from some Vancouver Island residents.

Early Wednesday afternoon people reported seeing a low-flying Air Canada jet circling over the area for more than an hour.

Witness John Kelley said the airliner appeared to be followed by a fighter jet.

But Air Canada has a simple explanation for the sighting.

The company says the second plane was not a fighter jet but crew taking pictures of the Air Canada Rouge aircraft for a commercial.

The low and twisting flight path allowed the crew to capture the plane and the spectacular scenery of the southern Gulf Islands in the same shot. (CFAX)