A fighter jet escorted an aircraft that entered restricted airspace during this week’s gathering of the United Nations General Assembly, according to multiple reports.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said on Twitter on Tuesday that an F-16 fighter aircraft intercepted a small, single-engine general aviation aircraft that had violated a temporary flight restriction near New York City.
The aircraft was escorted out of the area without incident at around 2 p.m. EDT.
#NORAD F-16 fighter aircraft intercepted a small, single engine general aviation aircraft that violated the Temporary Flight Restriction area near #NYC. The aircraft was escorted out of the TFR w/o incident at approx. 2:00 p.m. EDT. #OperationNobleEagle— North American Aerospace Defense Command (@NORADCommand) September 21, 2021
According to NBC New York, the plane was a Cessna 182 that was on a West Point Military Academy training flight. A NORAD spokesperson told the news outlet that the plane took off and landed at Stewart Air National Guard Base.
A spokesman for West Point told the news outlet that the plane was piloted by an Army instructor who was conducting a flight for a civil and mechanical engineering class. NORAD, the Federal Aviation Administration, and federal and local law enforcement were also notified of the incident.
According to CNN, the flight restriction was in effect from Monday at 4:45 p.m. until Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. The restricted area included the Hudson River and the East River.
The incident came the same day that President BidenJoe BidenGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York.