SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two fighter jets scrambled into sunny San Francisco skies Friday after a pilot wandered into airspace that had been temporarily restricted to protect a visiting President Barack Obama.
Obama is in the Bay Area for two days of fundraisers and a summit on cybersecurity.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a news release that at about 1:50 p.m., two F-15s spotted a general aviation aircraft in the restricted area, and the pilot was out of communication. After the F-15s saw it, the aircraft re-established communications and was followed by the fighter jets to Half Moon Bay, about 30 miles south, where it landed.
The noisy fighter jets startled beach-goers in small towns further south and were an unusual sight over the Monterey Bay.