The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has confirmed the occurrence of a small plane crash in Virginia.
A powerful explosion echoed throughout Washington DC, sending a wave of shock and panic through the city. Reports of homes shaking even in the Capitol Hill neighborhood were pouring in from residents of Northern Virginia and Maryland.
The FAA’s statement read:
“A Cessna Citation crashed into mountainous terrain in a sparsely populated area of southwest Virginia around 3pm local time on June 4. The aircraft took off from Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tenn, and was bound for Long Island MacArthur Airport in New York
The FAA and NTSB will investigate The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and provide all further updates.”
Both the incidents have left the public in confusion. One Twitter user wrote, “I know everyone heard that loud boom in the Maryland, dc, Virginia area. I’m hearing, “bge had a fire,” “plane crash” “air show.” Everyone but the news is reporting what’s happens. What’s really going on here?”
According to U.S. officials, a light aircraft that violated airspace in the Washington, D.C., area and later crashed into rugged terrain in southwest Virginia was being pursued by jet fighters.
As they rushed to catch up to the Cessna Citation, which can accommodate seven to twelve passengers, the jet fighters created a sonic boom over the capital of the United States, according to officials.
Around the time the sonic boom was heard in the nation’s capital, the Federal Aviation Administration reported that a Cessna aircraft had crashed into rugged terrain in southwest Virginia.
The jet fighters did not cause the crash, according to a U.S. official.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Cessna was thought to be operating on autopilot when authorities attempted to contact it.
Many people in the capital region were alarmed by the sonic boom, and they turned to Twitter to describe hearing a loud noise that rocked the ground and walls. Many locals claimed to have heard the roar in Maryland and northern Virginia.