Jets intercept plane near Camp David while Obama there

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Posted: Jul 09, 2011 9:14 PM
Jets intercept plane near Camp David while Obama there

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two fighter jets intercepted a civilian plane in restricted airspace near Camp David on Saturday, marking at least the third such incident in a month while President Barack Obama was there.

North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Bill Lewis said the plane, which was out of radio communication, left the restricted airspace and landed without incident.

Last Saturday, a small plane got within six miles of the presidential retreat before it was intercepted by an F-15 fighter jet. On June 11, fighter jets scrambled to guide another small plane away from the area without incident.

Camp David has been a presidential weekend and holiday retreat in the nearby Maryland mountains for decades.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Greg McCune)