Fighter jet sightings startle many in Monmouth County
Fighter jets chased a small plane away from restricted United Nations airspace over Monmouth County Monday afternoon, NBC New York has confirmed with a federal official.
The F-16 jets escorted the small plane to the Monmouth Executive Airport in Wall, where it landed without incident.
The UN General Assembly is meeting in Manhattan this week. President Obama is in attendance.
At about 4:30 p.m. Monday, numerous Jersey Shore Hurricane News contributors began reporting the jet activity over the greater Red Bank area.
“Just had a very low flying military jet fighter flying over our office in Tinton Falls a few minutes ago. The building was practically shaking it was so low,” wrote Donald Spencer.
“It was loud as hell in Red Bank. Never heard anything like it,” wrote Michael Madigan.
Red Bank Green’s John T. Ward shot the video posted below of the fighter jet maneuvering over Red Bank.
John Cornelio, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, told NBC New York that fighters jets intercepted three planes that violated airspace restrictions in a 90 minute plan Monday afternoon. The Monmouth County incident was the only intercept in New Jersey.
All planes were checked by law enforcement upon landing, Cornello said.
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