Fighter jets intercept third plane near Camp David

WASHINGTON Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:07pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn to depart via Marine One helicopter for a visit to Camp David, from the White House in Washington, July 9, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn to depart via Marine One helicopter for a visit to Camp David, from the White House in Washington, July 9, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fighter jets intercepted a private plane near Camp David on Sunday, the third civilian plane this weekend to fly the restricted air space while President Barack Obama was at the Maryland retreat.

In all three cases, the planes were met by F-15 fighter jets and landed without incident at nearby airports, North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Bill Lewis told Reuters.

Following two incidents on Saturday, a Cessna 182 that was out of radio communication was intercepted on Sunday morning by two fighter jets.

The plane landed at the Carroll County Regional Airport in Maryland. Lewis did not know if the plane was met by law enforcement but said that typically occurs in such cases.

The incident marked the fifth time in a month that fighter jets have scrambled to guide civilian planes away from the area while Obama was at the presidential retreat.

Camp David has been a presidential weekend and holiday retreat in the Maryland mountains for decades. Obama is expected to return to the White House on Sunday afternoon.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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Comments (4)
Marla wrote:
So that’s what all the commotion was about. I live quite near Camp David and heard the jets zooming around.

Jul 09, 2011 9:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xmissile wrote:
I’m tired of reading about these incidents. If these guys violated restricted airspace, they should have their licenses suspended for a year with no appeal and a $10K fine. Betcha that will take care of it.

Jul 09, 2011 11:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:
Does the pilot’s license exam include anything that might establish the basic intelligence of the new pilots? If not, maybe it should.

It is obvious that slapping their wrists isn’t doing anything. Perhaps some actual punishment might be in order . . . Just to get their attention?

Jul 10, 2011 8:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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