Aircraft crashes into Atlantic: Norad

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The North American Aerospace Defence Command said Saturday it scrambled two F-16 fighter jets to aid an aircraft that appeared to have crashed into the Atlantic.

The fighter jets tried to provide assistance to what Norad in a statement called an "unresponsive general aviation aircraft."

The aircraft took off from Waukesha Airport, in Wisconsin, and was headed to Manassas Airport, in Virginia, when it crashed into the ocean, Norad said.

Norad is the joint Canadian and American command in charge of maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for the neighbouring nations.