Fighter jets escorted a private plane to Monmouth Executive Airport in Wall, N.J., on Monday afternoon after the federal government said it was one of three to enter a no-fly zone over the United Nations in New York City.
Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons intercepted the three small planes and escorted them to area airports, where they were met and checked by law enforcement, said John Cornelio, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). He said there appeared to be no terrorism concerns.
According to the FAA, the 2002 single-engine Diamond Aircraft DA40 that landed at Monmouth Executive Airport is registered to Walter Cannady of Slatington, Pa. Cannady did not return a call Monday night. A swath of airspace around New York City has been restricted because of the U.N.’s 68th General Assembly, which President Barack Obama is attending.
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Photo by U.S. Air Force