Aircraft intrudes on Obama restricted airspace

AP News
Posted: Nov 26, 2013 5:37 PM
Aircraft intrudes on Obama restricted airspace

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fighter jets patrolling over a fundraising appearance by President Barack Obama in Los Angeles were scrambled Tuesday morning after an aircraft entered restricted airspace.

The intrusion happened well away from the president, who was not in danger, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Two F-15s were refueling in the air when they broke away to check out the potential intruder around 9:30 a.m., said Lt. Cmdr. Bill Lewis, a NORAD spokesman.

"It sounds like the aircraft just skirted" the restricted airspace, Lewis said. By the time the fighters reached the area, the aircraft was gone. Lewis did not know what type of aircraft it was.

Obama was at a fundraiser at a private home.

Separately, two military aircraft made "unintentional incursions" into the airspace, said Kristie Greco, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration. No jets were scrambled to deal with those planes.

Incursions into the restricted airspace around the president are common.

Obama continued his day with a tour of the DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. studio in nearby Glendale.