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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at LAX, Thursday, May 10, 2012. Obama left Los Angeles Thursday after a series of campaign fundraisers.
For breaking temporary no-fly zones in restricted areas, NORAD dispacted F-16 fighter jets to intercept three general aviation aircraft this week during President Barack Obama's short fundraising trip to Los Angeles.
On Thursday morning, two F-16 fighters, under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, intercepted a single engine Cessna 206 around 9:00 am, and a single engine Cherokee PA 28 at approximately 9:30 am PDT.
On Wednesday, an F-16 fighter jet intercepted a Cessna 117 northwest of Los Angeles around 4:50 p.m. forcing the plane to land at Camarillo.
The FAA is investigating the incidents, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer in an email statement to the Associated Press.
Previous planes to violate the president's protected airspace include:
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President Barack Obama makes his way aboard Air Force One.
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.