F-16 Fighter Jets Intercept Plane in DC Restricted Area

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    INFLIGHT- SEPTEMBER 24: Lt Col David R. Stilwell of the 77th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, flies a F-16 CJ Fighting Falcon during a North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Operation Noble Eagle mission over New York City on September 24, 2003. (Photos by Aaron D. Allmon II/USAF via Getty Images)

    Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted an aircraft that was in a restricted flight area over Washington, D.C., Sunday afternoon.

    In a press release from the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the aircraft was not responding to communication, but was exiting the restricted area when the NORAD jets from Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado intercepted and visually identified the plane.

    The identity of the plane was not released. The aircraft resumed communications with air traffic control after leaving the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA).

    In order the fly in the SFRA, pilots are required to file a special flight plan, obtain a specific transponder code, and remain in contact with air traffic control at all times.