Small plane intercepted in restricted DC airspace

Air defence officials say two Air Force fighters intercepted a small plane that entered restricted airspace over Washington.

Updated: Oct 12, 2011, 10:38 AM IST

Washington: Air defence officials say two Air
Force fighters intercepted a small plane that entered restricted airspace over Washington.

The Baltimore Sun says Homeland Security officers met with the plane`s pilot, who said he had overflown Baltimore`s airport and entered the restricted zone by mistake.
The pilot was the plane`s lone occupant. Two F-16s intercepted it and escorted it out of the area about 8:30 p.m.
Monday.

It landed at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood
Marshall Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration was not able to
communicate with the pilot of the Beechcraft 58, a small,
twin-engine plane.

The FAA notified the North American Aerospace Defence
Command.

NORAD protects the US and Canada from air attacks.

PTI