Ex-Ariz. lawmaker's plane intercepted near border

AP News
Posted: Jul 01, 2011 11:36 PM
Ex-Ariz. lawmaker's plane intercepted near border

A small plane owned by a former Arizona state lawmaker has been intercepted by U.S. military planes for flying without a flight plan near the Mexico border.

Peter Goudinoff says he was looking at wildfire damage near Sierra Vista and may have entered into Mexican airspace by mistake Friday. He says he lost contact with radar personnel at Libby Army Airfield near Fort Huachuca.

Two F-16 fighter jets from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base escorted Goudinoff's plane out of the area until it landed at Tucson International Airport.

Officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Aviation Administration interviewed Goudinoff, but he wasn't arrested.

The Arizona Daily Star reports Goudinoff is a retired University of Arizona professor who served in the state Legislature for 20 years.