2 planes intercepted by F-16 fighter jet after entering restricted air space in Nashville area

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — NORAD has confirmed two planes were intercepted on Thursday after entering restricted air space.

The first incident happened around 2 p.m. when NORAD command directed the jet to investigate the aircraft that was not in communication with air traffic control. The violating aircraft was nonresponsive to the initial intercept but established radio communications after the fighter jet deployed signal flares. The small aircraft then left the area without incident.

This was also around the time that Air Force One was heading into Nashville.

The second incident occurred at 4:40 p.m. over Spring Hill when NORAD directed the F-16 fighter aircraft to intercept a general aviation aircraft that was not in communication with air traffic control and entered the restricted area without proper clearance.

According to NORAD, the civil aviation aircraft pilot acknowledged the intercept and landed at a nearby airfield without incident.

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