Fighter jets scrambled to intercept unresponsive aircraft that crashed later

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) deployed F-16 fighter jets to intercept an unresponsive Cessna 560 Citation V aircraft flying over Washington, D.C., and Virginia on Sunday, causing a loud sonic boom heard around D.C. and Virginia. The plane crashed in Virginia and no survivors were found. Residents who captured the sound of the fighter jets quickly took to social media, posting videos of the loud boom puncturing an otherwise quiet afternoon.


The Cessna had been following "a strange flight path" and was bound for Long Island MacArthur Airport in New York. Flight trackers showed a plane departing from Tennessee and heading north to Long Island before turning around and flying straight down to D.C. 


The plane was intercepted by fighter jets at 3:20 p.m. ET and crashed near the George Washington Forest in Virginia. The FAA confirmed that the plane crashed into 728*90

The pilot remained unresponsive throughout NORAD's attempts to establish contact and the aircraft crashed near the George Washington Forest in Virginia. Virginia State Police were notified of the crash and immediately deployed to locate the wreckage. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are jointly investigating the crash.

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