Plane violates airspace during president's stop in Va. Beach

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by WVEC.com

WVEC.com

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 27 at 4:27 PM

OFF VIRGINIA BEACH -- As President Obama was wrapping up his speech in Virginia Beach Thursday afternoon two F-16 fighters intercepted a private plane that flew into airspace restricted because of the visit. 

NORAD officials tell WVEC.com the jets couldn't communicate with the PA 28 Piper, which was located east of Cape Henry around 12:45 p.m.

Officials say the flight restrictions were put into place by the Federal Aviation Administration for the president's rally at Farm Bureau Live.

Following the intercept, the plane was allowed to continue its flight.

Generally, the F-16’s that handle East Coast homeland defense are the responsibility of the temporarily assigned Air National Guard units that rotate in and out of Langley AFB in Hampton.

 

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