CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - United States Air Force fighter jets were dispatched off the coast of Charleston around 11 a.m. Thursday to intercept a helicopter that had flown into U.S. airspace.
According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the chopper was not in communication with local air traffic controllers.
Pilots of the F-16 jets used hand signals to communicate with the helicopter pilot who was ordered to get in touch with air traffic control immediately.
The fighter jets returned to Shaw Air Force Base near Columbia once the pilot established communication with local air traffic control, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
The helicopter safely landed in Myrtle beach, its intended destination. It was a civilian helicopter, -but not a sight-seeing tour. The helicopter was not locally based.