F-16 Fighter Jets Intercept Plane in DC Restricted Area

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.

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