After violating temporary flight restrictions imposed during the United Nations General Assembly, US fighter jets escorted a small plane flown by a US Army soldier out of restricted air space over New York City.
The Cessna 182 was being flown by a US Army instructor pilot when it briefly entered the TFR area over the Hudson River around 2 p.m. CNN reported on Tuesday.
The TFR zone was set up from 4:45 p.m. Monday to 3:45 p.m. Tuesday to protect the annual United Nations General Assembly.
The small plane was escorted out of the restricted area without incident, North American Aerospace Defense Command said on Twitter.
F-16 aircraft from the 187th Fighter Wing of the Alabama Air National Guard, which were on temporary duty providing air patrols for the event, intercepted the Cessna, The Drive reported.
One of the fighter aircraft flew above the Cessna and dropped its gear, signaling to the smaller plane to land.
The War Zone posted air traffic control audio of the encounter on YouTube.
West Point spokesman Lt. Col. Beth Smith confirmed the encounter to Military Times.
“A West Point fixed wing aircraft flown by an Army instructor pilot conducting a cadet flight lab in support of ME481, a civil and mechanical engineering class, briefly violated temporarily restricted airspace this afternoon near the George Washington Bridge,” Smith said.
“Once the realized they had violated the airspace, they immediately left the area and returned to the airport,” Smith said.
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro remotely addresses the UN General Assembly 76th session General Debate in UN General Assembly Hall at the United Nations Headquarters on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in New York City. Pool Photo by Eduardo Munoz