July 10, 2011 / 1:12 AM / 6 years ago

Fighter jets intercept third plane near Camp David

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<p>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.Jonathan Ernst</p>

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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