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F-16s intercept interloper: President Obama's restricted airspace breached again

President Barack Obama makes his way aboard Air Force One.
President Barack Obama makes his way aboard Air Force One. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

A plane violated President Obama's protected airspace Friday and was intercepted by F-16s dispatched by NORAD.

Obama was leaving LAX (where he had arrived by helicopter from Cheviot Hills) this morning on Air Force One when the incident occurred, notes the L.A. Times.

Two military jets were sent in to respond to the breach of restricted space. "Fighters responded to a temporary flight restriction violation by a Piper 28 aircraft," NORAD said in a statement

The jets intercepted the interloping aircraft and followed it, without incident, until it landed around at approximately 9:50 a.m. where it was greeted by local law enforcement.

This is the second time restrictions to the president's airspace were disregarded in the L.A. area this year. The previous situation involved a Cessna that picked the wrong week to allegedly smuggle drugs.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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