NORAD F-16s intercept plane off Charleston

Two Air Force F-16 fighter jets, like the one in this Air Force file photo shown flying over Italy, intercepted a small plane that veered from its flight plan Friday.

So, you have veered your private plane a little off flight plan and too close to something you shouldn’t.

Don’t sweat it. F-16 fighter jets are about to turn up off both your wings to point out the error.

The pilot of a four-seat Cessna 337 plane found that out Friday morning, when the North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, dispatched two of the lethal fighters to intercept the plane off Charleston.

The plane was escorted to Charleston Executive Airport, according to a NORAD news release, and the pilot was instructed to contact the Federal Aviation Administration to get “further directions.”

It wasn’t the sort of instruction you would disregard.

NORAD’s mission is to prevent air attacks against the United States and Canada.

“The command is poised tactically and strategically in our nation’s capital to provide a multi-layered defense to detect, deter and prevent potential threats,” the release states.

In other words, don’t tread on them.

Comments { } is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. does not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Read our full Terms and Conditions.