Fighter Jets Escort Plane to MacArthur

Plane enters no-fly zone in place with President Obama in Connecticut.

Fighter jets were forced to intercept a wayward plane over Suffolk County Monday night after the small aircraft pierced a temporary no-fly zone, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). 

The plane was escorted to MacArthur Airport by two F-15 jets around 7 p.m. and landed without incident, according to a NORAD statement. 

The no-fly zone over the island was in effect because President Obama was campaigning in Connecticut Monday. 

Officials have not released the identity of the pilot who was flying alone on a home-built Kitfox, the Daily News reported

A second aircraft also flying in a restricted area in New Haven, Conn., was intercepted by the fighter jets around 7:30 p.m. That plane was allowed to continue to its final destination, NORAD said.  

Many local residents said they saw the jets soar over their homes. 

"I watched it fly over my house several times," Dan Olawski of Lake Ronkonkoma wrote on Facebook. "Was a little nerve-wracking." 

Have photos/video of the jets? Log into Patch and add them directly to the gallery or email them to matthew.mcgevna@patch.com 

majortom1981 August 07, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Tell me how HE is supposed to create jobs? HE has no power to do that what so ever.ITs congress job to do that. The only thing Obama has the power to do is control the military. He can only sign or Veto a bill.
Nancy K. Nee August 07, 2012 at 11:48 AM
How I wish F15's responded to the skies on September 11th...our world, my world would be so different....my brother was killed in WT2 that day....while a bit nervous last night, i was grateful that they were aware and on alert!
new guy August 07, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Al 17 August 07, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Tim: I believe CCOP was refering to the cost of operating them, not building them. Perhaps in your haste to defend the worst President since Jimmy Carter you didn't have time to digest the entire post? Majortom 1981: How did Reagan do it? How did Clinton do it? By showing leadership in bipartisan cooperation with Congress. Why did he bother to create a Jobs Council if he cannot in any way create jobs? Maybe thats why he hasn't bothered to meet with them at all this year?
Archie Bunker August 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM
It's funny on 9/11/01 no fighter jets were dispatched and the FAA knew planes were hijacked for over an hour. Mr. Bush and Cheney needed their pearl harbor it seems.
Nancy K. Nee August 07, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Not to start an email war..but I highly doubt President Bush intentionally allowed September 11th happen...I've met him and he's a genuine human being...whatever your political thoughts about him are....He would not have sacrificed 3,000 lives ....plus all the lives lost since then from cancers and whatnot....
Steven Feldini August 07, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Chris, The reason the planes were able to respond so swiftly is a direct product of what happened on 9/11. Hindsight is 20/20 what would you have done at the time? Actually, don't answer I know that you don't even believe your own "Pearl Harbor" comment. Just trying to be outrageous eh?
Archie Bunker August 07, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Not really. I'll leave at this - there are many unanswered questions about that day by our Government.
Nancy K. Nee August 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Thanks Steven for clarifying .....
Archie Bunker August 07, 2012 at 04:04 PM
And Steve to say there were no protocols in place prior to 9/11 for hijacked or unresponsive aircraft prior is an absolute fallacy. The FAA knew by about 840 AM those planes were hijecked. The CIA director George Tennent knew the instant those planes hit what was happening. Mr Bush got a memo a month before.... Over 50,000 Americans were killed in Vietnam. Def Sec McNamara has publicly admitted that the government lied about the Gulf of Tonkin incident which lead to widespread involvement of ground troops in Vietnam. Our government has never participated in a false flag operation?
Steven Feldini August 07, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I never said that there were not protocols in place. But I remember that day vividly and I remember not being able to wrap my head around what was unfolding that morning.What makes you think that was not the case in government as well?We got sucker-punched by a bunch of extremist animals.Suppose the order was given to shoot down four commercial jets carrying American civilians. You would be on here saying Bush murdered those people and should have acted differently. It's a no win situation for George W. Not a great president but hardly a murderer. The whole Sep 11 conspiracy contingent just makes me scratch my head. I mean I am all for questioning the government but sometimes you need to just take things at face value. For a conspiracy/cover up of that scope to work would be impossible. And to date I have not seen any evidence that would lead me to believe in any way that this was an orchestrated event. Have fun with Jesse Ventura.
Archie Bunker August 07, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Well actually flight 93 had a debris field of miles - where parts of the plan such as an engine were found miles away from the crash site indicating it was in fact shot down. The FBI was ordered in to collect all the debris after the fact. If a plane crashes much like the govt version of the passengers heroically rushing the cockpit there would only be a debris field of a few hundred feet ay most. If a plane is shot in the air, you have a large debris field. There was little to no debris photgraphed at the pentagon. There was a 16 foot hole in the pentagon. A 757 has over a 50 foot wingspan and 22 foot high tail. All video surveillance was confiscated of what hit the pentagon North and South tower collapsed at free fall speeds. Building 7 fell and was not hit by anything. Steel melts at a much higher temperature than jet fuel burning. In fact the actual fires were out shortly after the crash - you only see smoldering not fire when the towers go down. No steel structural building in the History of our country has ever collapsed due to fire Again, these are totally unanswered questions. I am not conspiracy nut. But we found ourselves completely lied to and involved in two unwinable wars. I am not the president and can't comment on making such a decision of loosing a plane of about 200 passengers vs. the lives of others in the towers or so forth. I imagine it would be a hard position. But we will never know because
Archie Bunker August 07, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Most people can not question 9/11 becuase they can't fathom or do not want fathom our govt having any involvement and the few that do are painted as unpatriotic and conspiracy wierdos. No official investigation was EVER done though. The versions we have been given was just a government account not based on facts because investigation was done.
Steven Feldini August 07, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Your right Chris, You should get the word out on this so more people like me can be enlightened. Thanks for setting me straight. You are a supreme Youtube investigator.
Art Vandelay August 07, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Please flag Chris K as inappropriate so he can take his conspiracy theory elsewhere.
Archie Bunker August 07, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Your welcome. Do I hear the bleating of a sheep?
Steven Feldini August 07, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Chris being that you are so smart I am sure you realized there was a sarcastic spirit to my last post. I love that when your conspiracy theories are challenged by grown ups you resort to calling us sheep. Your use of catch phrases like debris field and the melting point of steel are just parroting of what you undoubtedly read or saw on the web I am impressed that you didn't say controlled explosion or thermite paint. You my friend are the sheep. You are so desperate for attention that you take a stance on an issue that is emotionally charged for so many of us because you know that you will receive attention in the form of a response to your comments. I'm sure you are not stupid but you are certainly misguided. The very fact that you took the opportunity to comment about 9/11 being an inside job when Nancy innocently mentioned that her brother had perished in the WTC shows that you are an insensitive jackass. There is a time and a place for everything and out of respect for Nancy I am not going to keep this up. What would be the point? Your so much smarter than all of us why do you even waste your time?
Nancy K. Nee August 07, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Steve, thank you for being a gentleman and realizing how sensitive this issue is to me, but to many others as well,,.the point of yesterdays flights of the F15's were to be on alert and better prepared, God Forbid, we are ever under attack again.,,,not to stir up all the controversy seen here today....sad how things got so blown out of proportion...once again....in memory FF George C. Cain Ladder 7, FDNY Never Forget September 11th
Archie Bunker August 07, 2012 at 09:27 PM
So Steve, I'll end on this since you've basically resorted to nothing more than an ad hominem attack painting me as a sill fool who watched "Loose Change" on youtube and was overcome with stupidity. There is plenty of literature out there by accredited engineers. plenty of documented first hand accounts, plenty of evidence to support the administration had warning. Plenty of unanswered questions etc. I don't see a lot of facts backing up the "official" version. The 911 commission was pretty much a sham. You may believe what ever is fed to you. I do not. And again, I am simply pointing out there is a lot of unanswered questions. And a lot of bad things have happened since - several wars, debt from those wars, tremendous erosion of our freedoms, our whole lifestyles have changed tom a degree. - Hey do you remember during Bush's 2004 election, the terror alert going up and down to deliberate scare the heck out of every one? Think what you may but learn how to have a respectful, intelligent conversation and not resort to name calling and character assassination. And how dare you call me insensitive on the grounds of respecting the victims or anyone else. Quite disgusting. Sounds like Bill Oreilly tactics. Watch him much? I think I am finished with you.
CrankyRetAFColonel August 07, 2012 at 09:28 PM
In the spirit of consipiracy theorists, Chris K throws out innuendo and unsupported "facts," invites anyone who disagrees to attempt to prove the negative, and then when all else fails, resorts to namecalling. The MO of an intellectually inferior argument! TWA flight 800 was NOT shot down by a US Military missile and George Bush didn't let 9/11 happen to have his "Pearl Harbor" moment. I truly feel sorry for you Chris. Please keep the victims and the familes in your continued prayers!
Joesph Trombona August 07, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Actually Steven, you are the one being hostile and resorting to name calling. He obviously realized it was a sarcastic comment, which is why he called you a sheep. He saw you had no intentions of discussing anything, other than calling him a conspiracy nut and other cute little pet-names like "Youtube investigator." 9/11 was an event that changed how this entire government and country operates. It is extremely important to at least give it a look. If you are too emotional and sensitive to discuss it even 11 years after the fact, then that is on you. You would have to be a lobotomized vegetable to fully believe the governments official story.
Andrea Wikso August 07, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Not true. Fighter jets WERE dispatched to intercept United 93, but didn't get there before the passengers got control and downed the plane. The fighter jet pilots saw the smoke and fire from the crash.
Archie Bunker August 07, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Congrats Cranky - you won! Anyone who doesn't see it you way is an idiot or as you put - intellectually inferior (which doesn't make you intellectually superior). I don't think I threw out any unsupported facts, more like I threw out unanswered questions. Bush was wonderful, I get it... Although he did miss that very important memo a month before............
Loyd Collins August 07, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Don't think it could have been a case of our government looking the other way? Read mission statements right from the main players in the Bush 43 administration. http://www.newamericancentury.org/ Spend some time checking this site out, they are so brazen they only took it down for a short time in the early 2000s http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf Read section V and then poo poo Chris K
Archie Bunker August 08, 2012 at 02:15 AM
I definitely think at minimum the US Govt knew 9-11 was upon us and looked the other way. Look at the immeasurable amounts of power that was consolidated afterwards, the war and the profit that goes along with it. And there has never been an investigation or anyone held accountable - so many things failed that day! There's plenty out there to argue FDR knew Pearl Harbor was about to occur and he turned a blind eye to preventing the Japanese to allow the US to enter the WWII. We were already committed with funds and equipment to England and there was no doubt England was hanging on a thread. And again, I'll bring up Vietnam, the US govt fully lied about the Gulf of Tonkin. The Iraq war was predicated in lies. We are in Afghanistan YEAR later with no reason for being there at this point.
Tim Jordan August 08, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Al 17: I absorbed all 15 words of that insightful post. Pointing out the fact that the F-15's have been around for 40 years does defend the POTUS, doesn't it? It does cost a lot to maintain and operate a 40 year old fleet of aircraft. But the fact is the F-15 is an undefeated in air-to-air combat, protects our skies every day all year long. None of which has any thing to do with who has been in office for the last 4 years. Anything that happens nowadays people blame President Obama for. True story, get rid of those "costly" F-15's you will lose a lot of American jobs. Please take time to digest my post.
Tim Jordan August 08, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Never served huh Chris?
Archie Bunker August 08, 2012 at 02:37 PM
No, but what does that have to do with it? Neither did Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld......
Lady L August 10, 2012 at 02:00 AM
yes...but he not getting money from the 99% LOL
Lady L August 10, 2012 at 02:01 AM
sorry for your loss Nancy


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something