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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.
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.