Fighters scrambled after airspace violation near Obama plane

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 10:53

Seattle: Two fighter jets were scrambled after a plane flew into restricted airspace near where President Barack Obama`s Air Force One jet was parked, US aviation authorities reported.

"Two F-15 fighters from the 142nd Fighter Wing from the
Oregon Air National Guard under the direction of North
American Aerospace Defence Command scrambled in response to a
Temporary Flight Restriction violation in the vicinity of
Seattle, Washington yesterday at approximately 1:38 pm PDT,"
or 1938 GMT, NORAD said in a statement.

"The aircraft departed the restricted airspace and was
not intercepted by the fighters. A sonic boom that may have
been associated with the fighters was reported to have been
heard in the Seattle area," the command added in a statement.

NBC television said the intruder was a tour plane. A
local television station said it had cleared the area by the
time the fighters arrived, and then landed without incident.

Air space over Seattle was partly closed because of
Obama`s visit to the city as part of a cross-country tour.
NORAD is the binational Canadian and US command
responsible for the air defense of North America and maritime
warning.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 10:53

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