Federal authorities now say four people were on board a Cessna business jet that crashed in southwest Virginia Sunday after being pursued by fighter jets in restricted airspace over Washington, D.C.
State police said no survivors were found at the remote crash site. The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled at least two F-16 jets to intercept the Cessna 560 Citation V about 3:20 p.m. as the aircraft flew into D.C.’s no-fly zone. The jets were authorized to travel at supersonic speeds, NORAD said in a news release, which created the sonic boom heard from Annapolis through Northern Virginia about the same time. The boom triggered alarms, knocked out stoplights and prompted several gas leak calls.