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F-15 intercepts a private plane over Nassau County

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A U.S. F-15 fighter jet prepares for landing at the Andravida air base.

Nassau County residents were startled by loud noises Wednesday afternoon, when an F-15 fighter jet intercepted a private plane over Long Island’s South Shore.

The private plane, which left from MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, was flying in restricted air space. Officials said the single-engine Cessna 172 failed to respond to any radio calls.

The flight restrictions were placed 20 miles surrounding New York City with President Biden in town for an address at a United Nations General Assembly.

The military aircraft that blocked the private plane was deployed by NORAD, a binational defense command of the U.S. and Canada.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the incident.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.