F-15 intercepts a private plane over Nassau County
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.