WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Two F-15's scrambled from the 104th Fighter Wing in Westfield to intercept two civilian aviation aircrafts, according to Major Matthew Mutti, Executive Officer with the 104th Fighter Wing.
The first plane was intercepted around 7pm over Long Island, NY after it entered a temporary flight restricted area. The F-15's followed it until it landed without incident.
The 2nd plane was intercepted around 7:30pm near New Haven, CT. It also entered a temporary flight restricted area. This aircraft was eventually allowed to continue on to its destination.
President Obama is in Stamford, Connecticut Monday night for a fundraiser. Major Mutti would not confirm if that was the reason for the temporary restricted airspace.
The 104th Fighter Wing is responsible for defending any airborne threat in the Northeast.
Below is the full news release from NORAD:
NORAD Fighters Intercept Two General Aviation Aircraft
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Two F-15 fighters under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted two general aviation aircraft during separate responses.
The fighters intercepted the first aircraft at approximately 7:00 p.m. EDT over Long Island, NY after it entered the temporary flight restricted area. After intercepting the aircraft, the F-15's followed it until it landed without incident, where the plane was met by local law enforcement. The second aircraft was intercepted at approximately 7:30 p.m. EDT near New Haven, CT in the temporary flight restricted area. Following the intercept the aircraft was allowed to proceed to its destination.