According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Cessna 560 Citation V crashed in the George Washington National Forest near Charlottesville in southwestern Virginia at around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4.

The plane was heading to Long Island MacArthur Field in Ronkonkoma after taking off from Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Elizabethton, Tennessee, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

The identities of those on board have not been released.

According to the North American Continental Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) region, the private jet pilot did not respond as the F-16 fighter pilot, which is cleared to fly at supersonic speeds, attempted to make contact.

NORAD said the F-16 used spare parts — which the public may have seen — in an attempt to get the pilot’s attention.

“When flares are used, the safety of intercepted aircraft and personnel on the ground is given high priority,” NORAD said. “The flares burn quickly and completely, and are distributed without danger to personnel on the ground.”

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash.

This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.

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