The FAA says a plane that took off from MacArthur Airport violated a no-fly zone restriction that was in place in New York City due to President Joe Biden’s visit to the United Nations.
An F-15 fighter jet intercepted the civilian aircraft as it was entering restricted airspace. NORAD says it tried to communicate with the civilian pilot, who was flying a single-engine private plane, but the pilot didn’t respond to radio calls. The F-15 responded when the plane was about 20 nautical miles east of Manhattan, and it was escorted out in less than 20 minutes.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it has launched an investigation and will take appropriate enforcement action.