The US Department of Defense used fighter jets to intercept a private jet that entered Washington DC airspace and later crashed in the mountains of Virginia, officials said.
According to local reports, the chase caused a sonic boom over Washington DC on Sunday afternoon, sending many residents panicking as their homes shook.
Officials said the pilot of the Cessna Citation private jet was unresponsive and around 3 p.m. F-16 planes took off from Andrews Air Force Base in pursuit of the stray plane at high speed.
The Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] told The Independent The plane had taken off from Tennessee bound for New York but eventually crashed into a sparsely populated area near Staunton, about 150 miles southwest of DC.
There were four people on board the Cessna, Reuters quoted a source familiar with the matter as saying. A Cessna Citation can carry seven to twelve passengers.