US Air Force F-16 fighter jets intercepted an unauthorized aircraft in a restricted area over a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Bullhead City, Arizona, on Wednesday. This was reported by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) on Twitter page.
(1/2) At approx.
1400 MDT, NORAD F-16 aircraft investigated a general aviation aircraft
that was not in communication with ATC and entered the Temporary Flight
Restriction area surrounding Bullhead City, AZ without proper clearance.
(1/2) At approx. 1400 MDT, NORAD F-16 aircraft investigated a general aviation aircraft that was not in communication with ATC and entered the Temporary Flight Restriction area surrounding Bullhead City, AZ without proper clearance. #WeHaveTheWatch— North American Aerospace Defense Command (@NORADCommand) October 28, 2020
The North American Aerospace Defense Command said the aircraft was not communicating when it entered the restricted zone, failing to respond to intercept procedures.
"The violating aircraft was non-responsive to initial intercept procedures, but established radio communications after NORAD aircraft deployed signal flares. The aircraft was escorted out of the restricted area by the NORAD aircraft without further incident."
Donald Trump commented on the incident, saying that this F-16 was "only four days old."
"I love that sound. You don't know what I went through to get those suckers up there," Trump said, before attacking unspecified "Democrats" over budgeting, on first hearing the aircraft. "Oh, look at that, look, look, look, they gave the president a little display," he continues after the flares appear.
As we reported earlier, the US presidential election is scheduled for November 3, 2020. Joe Biden, this year's Democratic U.S. presidential nominee, voted five days before the official election begins.
The presidential candidate and his wife voted at the Carvel State Office Building of Wilmington, Delaware. It is noted that the former Vice President attended a public hearing on health care prior to that.
Donald Trump also decided to vote in advance - he made his choice at a library in Florida's Palm Beach County.