Plane Intercepted After Losing Contact

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(credit: Centennial Airport)

(credit: Centennial Airport)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – A civilian plane traveling from Chicago to a Denver-area airport was escorted by F-16 fighter jets after the pilot lost radio contact.

The North Aerospace Defense Command says the plane started in Pittsburgh and stopped in Chicago before heading to Centennial Airport on Thursday.

The plane was intercepted by NORAD and escorted to the airport. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot regained communications before landing.

The aircraft landed at Centennial Airport without incident. The pilot was met by local authorities for questioning after landing.

FBI spokesman Dave Joly says the incident has been deemed a miscommunication because the pilot was not provided the proper frequency to use after leaving the Chicago airport.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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