Military jets intercepted a Cessna plane, shocking D.C. residents with a sonic boom

Military fighter jets intercepted an unresponsive Cessna plane over Washington, D.C., causing a loud sonic boom heard throughout the region.

The incident: A Cessna Citation aircraft departed from Elizabethton, Tennessee, and flew over D.C. instead of landing at its intended destination in New York.

  • NORAD F-16 jets intercepted the plane around 3:20 p.m., but the pilot was found unresponsive.

  • The fighter jets attempted to make contact until the Cessna crashed in southwest Virginia.

  • Capitol Complex was temporarily placed on elevated alert while the plane was in the area.

Investigation underway: The FAA and NTSB are now investigating the incident, with the NTSB leading the investigation and providing future updates.

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