WASHINGTON (AP) — Air defense officials say two F-16 fighters intercepted a small plane that was out of radio contact in the area around Washington.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, which protects the U.S. and Canada from air attacks, says the civilian plane was intercepted at just after noon on Wednesday. The aircraft re-established communications and was allowed to continue on its way.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Steve Wilson says:

    There have been several of these “incidences”. I am beginning to have serious questions about the quality of private pilots and the safety of their planes that are in the skies over all out heads.

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