A small plane flew into restricted airspace in New York Monday and was escorted to the Monmouth Executive Airport by F-16 fighter jets, officials said.
At the request of the FBI, Wall Township police responded to the airport to secure the plane around 4:45 p.m. Monday, according to a Police Department release.
The Wall Township Detective Bureau, Wall Township K9 Unit, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department responded.
The single engine Diamond plane flew into restricted airspace 20 miles southwest of John F. Kennedy International Airport, the FAA said.
The restricted airspace is part of the general security precautions in preparation for this week's 68th United Nations General Assembly.
The restriction was put in place by the FAA on Sept. 18 and pilots are responsible for knowing when and where the restrictions are. The same restriction is in place through Tuesday, according to the FAA.
Nearly a year ago, on Sept. 25, 2012, two planes were also forced to leave a similar temporary restricted airspace around the United Nations when President Barak Obama was addressing the international body.
Those planes, according to the Associated Press, were forced to land at the Central Jersey Regional Airport in Hillsborough.
There was no word late Monday whether there were any arrests in connection with the incident.
The F-16s were flying under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD. They were scrambled multiple times Monday for planes that were out of communication and flying into a Temporary Flight Restricted area over New York City, where the United Nations had convened, according to a NORAD release.
NORAD is the Canadian and American command responsible for the air defense of North America and maritime warning.