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Unresponsive Plane Over Washington Followed By Military Jet, Crashes In Virginia

Unresponsive plane over Washington followed by military jet, crashes in Virginia as it flew erratically and failed to respond to communication. In response, the military quickly dispatched a fighter jet, which caused a resounding sonic boom that reverberated throughout the capital region.

Cecilia Jones
Jun 06, 202352 Shares52180 Views
Unresponsive plane over Washington followed by military jet, crashes in Virginiaas it flew erratically and failed to respond to communication. In response, the military quickly dispatched a fighter jet, which caused a resounding sonic boom that reverberated throughout the capital region.
Several hours later, authorities confirmed that the plane had crashed in a remote area of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Tragically, there were no survivors at the crash site.

Cessna Citation Incident

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Cessna Citation had departed from Elizabethtown, Tennessee, with its destination set for Long Island's MacArthur Airport. However, for unknown reasons, the aircraft abruptly changed course over Long Island and flew directly over Washington, D.C. before ultimately crashing in the mountainous terrain near Montebello, Virginia, at approximately 3:30 p.m.
The circumstances surrounding the plane being unable to respond, its subsequent crash, and the number of people aboard remained unclear at the time. Despite flying over the highly restricted airspace of the nation's capital, the plane failed to comply with radio communications.
An unidentified U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that a military jet was dispatched to intercept the unresponsive aircraft. However, the exact details of the operation and the reasons behind the plane's inability to respond were not publicly disclosed.
Flight tracking data revealed that the military jet experienced a rapid and spiraling descent, plummeting at a rate exceeding 30,000 feet per minute before ultimately crashing in the St. Mary's Wilderness.
Following the incident, the North American Aerospace Defense Command issued a statement stating that the F-16 fighter jet had been authorized to travel at supersonic speeds. This high-speed travel resulted in a sonic boom that reverberated across Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Virginia and Maryland.
“During this event, the NORAD aircraft also used flares - which may have been visible to the public - in an attempt to draw attention from the pilot,” the statement said. “Flares are employed with highest regard for safety of the intercepted aircraft and people on the ground. Flares burn out quickly and completely and there is no danger to the people on the ground when dispensed.”
Virginia State Police received notification of a potential crash shortly before 4 p.m., and search and rescue teams reached the crash site on foot approximately four hours later. Tragically, no survivors were discovered, according to the police.
The aircraft involved in the crash was registered to Encore Motors of Melbourne Inc, a Florida-based company. John Rumpel, the owner of the company said that his daughter, 2-year-old granddaughter, their nanny, and the pilot were aboard the plane. They were returning to their home in East Hampton, Long Island, after visiting Rumpel's residence in North Carolina.

Military scrambles fighter jet over D.C. after unresponsive plane flies over nation's capital, later

Rumpel, who is also a pilot, stated that he had limited information from authorities but expressed his hope that his family had not suffered. He speculated that the plane may have experienced pressurization issues as a possible cause for the incident.
According to Rumpel:
I don’t think they’ve found the wreckage yet. It descended at 20,000 feet a minute, and nobody could survive a crash from that speed.- John Rumpel, the owner of the company
Barbara Rumpel, who is listed as the president of the company, declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press on Sunday. The incident brought back memories of the 1999 crash involving a Learjet carrying professional golfer Payne Stewart. That plane lost cabin pressure and flew aimlessly across the country before crashing in a South Dakota pasture, resulting in the deaths of six people.
During the time the fighter jet took off, President Joe Biden was playing golf at Joint Base Andrews. Anthony Guglielmi, spokesperson for the U.S. Secret Service, confirmed that the incident did not impact the president's activities on Sunday.

Conclusion

Biden was playing golf with his brother at the Maryland military base in the afternoon. A White House official stated that the president had been briefed on the crash and noted that the sound of the scrambling aircraft was faint at Joint Base Andrews.
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