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Two pilots wander into restricted airspace during president's visit

Two small airplanes wandered into temporarily restricted airspace Saturday during President Barack Obama's visit to Tampa Bay, officials said.

Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted the first plane shortly after 11 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The Cessna L19 was headed to Gainesville from Key West, FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac said.

"The aircraft was diverted out of the restricted airspace and allowed to continue on its flight," said Capt. Ruth Castro, a spokeswoman for the North America Aerospace Defense Command.

The second violation happened at about 2 p.m., Salac said. In that case, a Cessna 210 was on its way to Key West from New Port Richey. It was unclear if fighter jets were called out for that.

Times staff

Two pilots wander into restricted airspace during president's visit 09/08/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 8, 2012 9:01pm]
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