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US investigating cause of plane crash, intercepted by fighter jets near Washington

The owner of the plane that crashed this Sunday near Washington, DC, USA, after military planes unsuccessfully tried to make contact with the pilot, told various media today that his family was on board.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the incident. Causes leading to Cessna private jet crash around 3:30 pm local time (7:30 pm GMT) in a “mountainous area” near Montebello, Virginia.

In accordance with New York Timesthe aircraft was registered to Melbourne-based Encore Motors and its owner, 75-year-old John Rumpel, told the newspaper that on board were his daughter, 2-year-old granddaughter and her nanny, returning home to East Hampton, New York after a family visit to North Carolina.

The FAA stated that the aircraft had both MacArthur Destination Airport on Long Island, the area of ​​New York state where East Hampton is located, and coming from the city of Elizabethton, in the state of Tennessee, neighboring North Carolina, in the south of the country.

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Rumple also stated Washington Post who was in contact with the FAA, stated that “his entire family” was on the plane and expressed regret about it. “no one could have survived” given the rate of descent before the crash.

On Sunday evening, the Virginia State Police told local WFXR that search tasks were carried out but the weather was bad.

The plane flew over Washington and Virginia and was intercepted by F-16 fighters, They flew at supersonic speeds and used flares to get the pilot’s attention, but did not respond, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said.

The supersonic roar of fighter jets This attracted the attention of residents of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, but authorities said shortly after that there was no active threat and that the noise was from a flight “sanctioned by the Department of Defense”.

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“In agreement with the Federal Aviation AdministrationNORAD F-16 fighters responded to the Cessna 560 Citation V.which did not respond to their signals and flew over Washington and Virginia, the note indicates.

“The pilot did not respond and therefore The Cessna crashed near the George Washington National Forest in Virginia. NORAD tried to establish contact with the pilot until the plane crashed, ”the text says.

A White House spokesman said in a statement that the President Joe Bidenwho was playing golf with his brother this Sunday near Joint Base Andrews, on the outskirts of the capital, in Maryland, was informed about this incident and added that the sound emanating from the planes was faintly heard in the area where the president was.

The Washington City Department of Security, home to both the US President’s residence and the headquarters of the nation’s Congress and other agencies, informed its residents shortly after the alarm went off due to the noise that was heard in the capital that there was no active threat.

(According to information from EFE)

Source: Aristegui Noticias



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