Fighter jets escorted three small planes away from restricted airspace over the United Nations yesterday including one plane that was forced to land in New Jersey.
Two F-16s intercepted one of the planes and made it land at New Jersey's Monmouth Executive Airport in Wall Township at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman John Cornelio tells the Asbury Park Press the aircraft were met by law enforcement and there appeared to be no terrorism concerns.
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“If it’s just a pilot who didn’t know about the restriction, local law enforcement and the FAA interview them to find out what they were doing,” NORAD spokeswoman Capt. Jennifer Stadnyk told the paper.
Officials say another plane was intercepted 20 miles east of Kennedy airport and was escorted to Bay Bridge Airport in Maryland. The third was intercepted 20 miles west of Newark, but where it landed was unknown.
President Barack Obama will address the opening of U.N.'s General Assembly on Tuesday.