Headline RoundupJune 5th, 2023

Unresponsive Plane Crashes After Traversing Restricted DC Airspace, Sparking Fighter Jet Scramble

AllSides Summary

On Sunday afternoon, an unresponsive plane that was bound for Long Island, New York crashed after crossing through restricted Washington, D.C. airspace and sparking a fighter jet scramble.

Key Details: An F-16 fighter aircraft responded to the Cessna aircraft, causing a sonic boom and the placing of the U.S. Capitol complex on alert. The NTSB and FAA are working to determine what caused the crash that killed all four people onboard.

Key Quote: "The loud boom that was heard across the DMV area was caused by an authorized DOD flight," the Annapolis Office of Emergency Management said. "This flight caused a sonic boom. That is all the information available at this time."

For Context: On March 10, 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that the restricted airspace around D.C. covers a circulate area with a 30 nautical mile (or 33 statute miles) radius.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the political spectrum covered the crash, with many noting that the fighter jets did not cause the Cessna Citation to crash.

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