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Why Were Fighter Jets Flying Over NJ?

Fighter Jet over NJ (Photo Courtesy of Gary Wiesner)
Fighter Jet over NJ (Photo Courtesy of Gary Wiesner)

Two fighter jets scrambled over central New Jersey after two aircraft violated airspace restrictions in place  because of the U.N. General Assembly meeting.

Figther jets escort plane over NJ
Fighter jets escort plane over NJ (Twitter)

North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman John Cornelio says the F-22s intercepted the small planes during two separate incidents over central New Jersey around 11 a.m. Tuesday.The FAA says the pilots did not radio for permission to enter the airspace. It took one plane 20 minutes to exit and the other 14 minutes.

They were forced to land at Central Jersey Regional Airport in Hillsborough.

The FAA will investigate before deciding whether to punish the pilots.

The temporary no-fly zones were established around the New York City metropolitan area because of the U.N. meeting. President Barack Obama addressed the gathering.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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