A Cessna 182 single-engine aircraft was escorted by an F-16 fighter jet near New York on Tuesday afternoon after flying over a no-fly zone set up for the United Nations General Assembly meeting, said officials.
The small plane was spotted near the George Washington Bridge around 2 p.m., said the North American Aerospace Defense Command – known by the acronym NORAD.
“An F-16 fighter jet intercepted a small single-engine general aviation aircraft that violated the temporary flight restriction zone near #NYC, ” the agency tweeted. “The aircraft was escorted out of the TFR without incident at approx. 2:00 p.m. EDT. # OperationNobleEagle. “
The agency said violations of the temporarily restricted airspace “do occur from time to time and are part of normal NORAD operations.”
Some Twitter users were quick enough to record the fighter plane as it roared in the sky on Tuesday, while others noted the noise.
“A fighter jet carelessly breaks the sound barrier over New York on a Monday afternoon, very normal things,” one Twitter user wrote.
It is not uncommon for pilots of small airplanes to walk by mistake in no-fly zones. “It is going pretty well without incident,” said Ken Paskar, an aviation professional from New York.
Although the restrictions are published by the Federal Aviation Administration and widely known in the aviation world, some pilots still don’t hear about them, Paskar said.
Fighter pilots will signal airmen “to follow the landing at the nearest airport, and they comply normally … Usually they are shocked because they don’t know,” Paskar said.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, a spokesperson said.