A private plane takes off from Rochester, NY on Friday, en route to Naples, FL. The light business aircraft fails to make a planned turn toward the Sunshine State and instead veers oddly over the Atlantic. Air traffic controllers are unable to communicate with the occupants of the Socata TBM-700 (the type of aircraft pictured above).
That’s when NORAD — always on alert for potential terrorist attacks from the air — says two U.S. fighter jets, F-15’s, are launched to investigate the unresponsive craft. As Fox News reports:
The plane’s occupants have not responded to any communication attempts. NORAD said the cause could be hypoxia. A fighter jet pilot observed condensation on one of the small plane’s windows.
Then, according to the New York Daily News, when the plane entered Cuban airspace, something rather uncommon happened:
A Cuban fighter jet is tracking an unresponsive private plane that left from Rochester, NY, and is now in Cuban airspace, according to CNN.
Two F-15 jets were trailing the plane, but stopped when it crossed over into Cuban territory.
NORAD reached out to Cuban authorities since the private, 7-seat plane was heading towards Cuban airspace, CNN reported.
And the latest update indicates the plane crashed into the sea off Jamaica after running out of fuel.
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