Fighter plane escorts planes that entered restricted airspace at UN rally
A fighter plane escorted a plane that entered restricted airspace during the United Nations General Assembly meeting this week, according to multiple reports.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said on Twitter on Tuesday that an F-16 fighter jet intercepted a small single-engine general aviation aircraft that violated a temporary flight restriction near New York.
The aircraft was escorted out of the area without incident at approximately 2:00 p.m. EDT.
#NORAD An F-16 fighter jet intercepted a small single-engine general aviation aircraft that violated the temporary flight restriction zone near #NYC. The aircraft was escorted out of the TFR without 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 training flight at West Point Military Academy. A NORAD spokesperson told the media outlet that the plane took off and landed at Stewart Air National Guard Base.
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A West Point spokesperson told the media outlet that the plane was piloted by an army instructor who was on a flight for a civil and mechanical engineering class. NORAD, the Federal Aviation Administration, and federal and local law enforcement have also been notified of the incident.
According to CNN, the flight restriction was in effect from 4:45 p.m. Monday until 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. The restricted area included the Hudson River and the East River.
The incident occurred the same day President Biden addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York.