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Dec 17, 2003
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Sunday, July 3, 2005; Posted: 11:46 a.m. EDT (15:46 GMT)

FREDERICK, Maryland (AP) -- A small plane entered restricted air space near the Capitol before two fighter jets forced it to land at an airport here, authorities said.

U.S. Secret Service spokesman Jonathan Cherry would not say what air space the small Cessna passenger plane violated on Saturday, the Frederick News-Post reported.

There is a 16-mile restricted zone in each direction from the Washington Monument and Camp David, where President Bush was spending the weekend, is also off limits.

Two F-16 fighter jets were deployed and they forced the small plane to land at Frederick Municipal Airport.

Officials were questioning a man and a woman Saturday, according to the News-Post. There were no arrests.

On Wednesday, the White House briefly went to a red alert when a plane entered restricted airspace around Washington.

President Bush was hurried from his residence to a safer location and lawmakers were evacuated from the Capitol.

Two fighter jets intercepted a twin-engine, propeller-driven plane eight miles northeast of the Capitol and escorted it to Winchester, Virginia.

The White House press office did not return calls for comment early Sunday.

F-16 fighter planes forced a small plane to land in Maryland after it flew into restricted airspace near Capitol.

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New Rule, no VFR east of the Mississippi.

(Sarcasam, I don't want Phil Boyer to call me)


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Nov 25, 2001
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At least the fighter jocks are getting a chance to scramble to live targets. In the old days they had to live in King Salmon, AK and scramble to the Russians, now we get to practice in our own airspace. The GA guys are getting paid to be targets just to make sure the military is up to snuff. More than likely paid by the ATF.

100LL... Again!

Dec 19, 2002
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How in the world do you intercept a tiny single with a fighter? Fly circles around it?

Next time you get intercepted, just throw the flaps out and slow down to the buffet. They'll never get your tail number with a closure rate like that.


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Apr 30, 2005
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I hear that this happens about 5 times daily. The only difference between the first one that made the news is that people normally follow instructions :p