Sunday, June 12, 2011

F-15s intercept plane near US presidential retreat


WASHINGTON (AFP) – Two US F-15 fighter jets on Saturday intercepted a small civilian plane flying near Camp David, the presidential retreat where Barack Obama is spending the weekend with his family.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said the jets intercepted the Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft near the Maryland retreat at around 3:25 pm (1925 GMT) and escorted it away "without incident."
"The civilian aircraft, which was out of radio communication, was intercepted approximately 11 miles from Camp David," it said in a statement.
"The F-15s... escorted the aircraft out of the area and it landed at Hagerstown, Maryland, without incident."
NORAD spokeswoman Stacey Knott said the plane was intercepted out of an "abundance of caution" because it was out of radio contact, adding that it did not appear to pose any threat.