A civilian aircraft that flew into restricted airspace over Washington, D.C. Saturday night prompted two fighter jets to be dispatched by NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), which includes the Rome-based Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS).
EADS’ mission includes being responsible for air defense of the eastern U.S.
The civilian aircraft was not communicating with air traffic control when it entered the restricted airspace area, according to NORAD as noted in online news reports including nbcwashington.com and fox5dc.com.
The reports said NORAD indicated that before the suspicious aircraft was intercepted, its
pilot established communication and landed at the nearest
EADS had no direct comment, referring questions to NORAD.