Washington, June 5 -/strong>. ABC News reported, citing a statement by state police, that rescuers have found no survivors in the crash of a Cessna Citation that entered Washington airspace without responding to messages from controllers and crashed in the US state of Virginia.
The report stated that there were four people on board the plane.
It was said that the plane flew on autopilot and failed to respond to attempts by fighter pilots sent to intercept the plane to make contact. They used, in particular, flares to attract the attention of the Cessna Citation pilot.
Earlier, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), after reports of an “explosion” in Washington, told the News Agency that the Cessna Citation business jet had crashed in a sparsely populated area in southeastern Virginia. The agency later clarified that the business jet crashed at around 15:30 local time (22:30 Moscow time) in the Montebello region. North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) confirmed that a US Air Force F-16 fighter jet took to the skies on Sunday to intercept a Cessna Citation jet over Washington, triggering a sonic boom in the US metropolitan area.
NORAD commented on the interception of a plane in the skies over Washington