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NORAD reveals details of F-16s’ encounter with aircraft that violated D.C. airspace

ByPimpHesus

Jun 5, 2023
An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon conducts an aerial refuel with a KC-135 Stratotanker during Cope North near Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 18, 2021. The annual exercise promotes stability and security throughout the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Duncan C. Bevan)

An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon conducts an aerial refuel with a KC-135 Stratotanker on Feb. 18, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Duncan C. Bevan)

(FOX NEWS) — A loud explosion sound heard in the Washington, D.C., metroplex area, and areas as far east as the Eastern Shore of Maryland and as far west as Manassas, Virginia, was the sonic boom of two military aircraft scrambling to catch up to a Cessna aircraft with an unresponsive pilot.

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The city of Annapolis Office of Emergency Management reported that the boom heard on Sunday was in fact caused by an authorized Department of Defense (DOD) flight.

“The loud boom that was heard across the DMV area was caused by an authorized DOD flight,” the office said. “This flight caused a sonic boom. That is all the information available at this time.”

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