Cessna civilian aircraft is escorted from restricted airspace by F-16 fighter jets after being intercepted for entering area around UN in NYC
An F-16 fighter jet escorted a civilian Cessna plane from New York City airspace after the pilot mistakenly wandered into the restricted area that has been declared a closed zone for the United Nations General Assembly, the military said.
Several earwitnesses took to Twitter and reported hearing loud noises made by low-flying aircraft near the George Washington Bridge – the span that connects New Jersey to Upper Manhattan.
Some posted video to Twitter showing empty skies since they were unable to record the fighter jets in time, though the roar of their engines can be heard in the clips.
The military confirmed the incident in a statement released on Tuesday afternoon.
‘NORAD fighter aircraft responded to an incident involving a small single-engine general aviation aircraft near New York City at approximately 2:00pm EDT,’ the military said in a statement.
‘The small single-engine general aviation aircraft violated the temporary flight
restriction area over New York City and was intercepted by a NORAD F-16 fighter.
‘The small single-engine general aviation landed safely at approximately 2:30pm EDT.’