Air Force F-16s scrambled to enforce temporary flight restriction over Palm Beach County

Posted at 1:51 PM, Feb 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 14:19:29-05

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- South Florida residents heard and spotted Air Force F-16s streaking through the skies Sunday afternoon.

The aircraft were sent at about noon to enforce the temporary flight restriction area over Palm Beach County.

SMSgt Chuck Marsh with NORAD and USNORTHCOM says a general aviation aircraft that was not in communication with air traffic control authorities flew into restricted space.

Once the F-16s got close to the plane flying in the restricted area, they were able to establish communications and inform the pilot they needed to leave the area.

SMSgt Marsh says the pilot complied and immediately exited the area without incident.