Why were F-16s run
Information on this has been given by issuing a press release from the Continental US North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. It has been told that F-16 fighter jets tried to contact the pilot of this plane but there was no response from the pilot of the civilian aircraft. The F-16 jets were ‘authorised to travel at supersonic speed’, causing a sonic boom heard in Washington. The release said the F-16 used flares in an attempt to attract the pilot’s attention.
Pilot didn’t respond
This civilian aircraft was a Cessna 560 which was intercepted at around 3.20 pm. It finally crashed near the George Washington National Forest in Virginia. It has been told in the press release that no response was being given by the pilot. Efforts were made to contact its pilot till the crash. If sources are to be believed, there were four people on board the plane, which overshot its planned destination by 315 miles before crashing.
police is searching
It has been told by the Virginia State Police that the search operation was being carried out by the officers on Sunday evening. Due to the F-16, the sonic boom was heard throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area on Sunday afternoon. DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management wrote on Twitter, ‘We have received information about a strong ‘BOOM’ throughout the National Capital Region this afternoon.’ The agency said there is no immediate threat.