US F-15 intercepts small plane entering restricted airspace in NYC around time of President Biden's UN speech

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident

An F-15 fighter jet intercepted a small plane after it entered restricted airspace in New York City around the time that President Biden gave an address to the United Nations on Wednesday.

A North American Aerospace Defense Command F-15 fighter jet responded to the aircraft, which wasn't in communications and located 20 nautical miles east of New York City, according to a spokesperson for NORAD.

The single-engine Cessna 172 entered the area of a temporary flight restriction at 11:40 a.m. and was escorted away from the area by the fighter jet.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration told Fox News Digital that the plane took off from Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, New York.

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A North American Aerospace Defense Command F-15 fighter jet responded to the aircraft, which wasn't in communications and located 20 nautical miles east of New York City, according to a spokesperson for NORAD.

A North American Aerospace Defense Command F-15 fighter jet responded to the aircraft, which wasn't in communications and located 20 nautical miles east of New York City, according to a spokesperson for NORAD. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Rogers, File)

An investigation by the FAA is underway, and the pilot of the plane could face sanctions that range from a warning to "license suspensions or revocation."