Last updated at 8:15 AM on 13th June 2011
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).
NORAD said they escorted it away "without incident."
A Beech Bonanza plane flies over central Oklahoma. Yesterday a similar plane was spotted flying over Camp David, where the Obama's were spending the weekend
Two F-15 Strike Eagle planes the civilian aircraft that was out of radio communication 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.
Barack Obama's helicopter arrives into Maryland this morning. Yesterday a small plane with no radio communication was intercepted by US warplanes when it wandered into Camp David's airspace
Obama arrives by Marine One helicopter at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air this morning. Obama spent the weekend with his family at Camp David
President Barack Obama steps off Marine One helicopter
Camp David is one of the United States' eleven 'No-Fly Zones.' Originally a three-mile radius, it was increased to eight-miles after September 11, 2001.
The area, known as Prohbited Area 40 is over Thurmont, Maryland, surrounding Catoctin Mountain Park.
The retreat has been used to host multiple heads of state since Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked Winston Churchill to join him there in 1943.
The camp is also U.S Navy installation and is alleged to be one of the safest places in the world.
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Gaviota, Arkansas, USA, 12/6/2011 23:43 wonder how a F-15 jet, with a top speed of Mach 1.2, and a stall speed near 150 knots, "escorts" a Beech Bonanza with a top speed of 180 knots, and a stall speed around 50 knots. Very hard for the jet to go that slow. If they can't fly that slow they will fly a pattern around the aircraft - all Pilots are taught interception procedures and should have them on their kneeboard just in case.
- BW, South Wales, 13/6/2011 14:21
Two F-15 Strike Eagle planes..................The F-15E is the 'Strike Eagle', the F-15C fighter version like in the photo is just called 'Eagle'. - HK, Hong Kong (ex pat), 12/6/2011 20:13 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Glad someone got that right. The surprise is that the DM reporter didn't refer to the pilots as "top-guns", a name they normally apply to anyone with a flying licence.
- Jeff, Norfolk, 13/6/2011 10:29
Gaviota, Arkansas, USA, 12/6/2011 23:43 maybe they flew around in circles!
- Name : anything except Pippa, Town & Country : anywhere except the UK, 13/6/2011 09:11
they intercepted a small plane but could not intercept 4 large passenger aircraft on 911. I know this matter inside out and the 911 episode was an inside job. it is blatant
- Paul Taylor, Beijing China, 13/6/2011 05:28
So have NORAD learned the lessons from 911 where they failed miserably to detect anything (or so the official version goes) or are we being treated to a publicity stunt? Its really hard to believe even today that the trillion dollar defence machine failed to see or intercept three airliners with amateur pilots at the controls which meadered around the skies for a long time on 911 when on other occassions before and after the system worked just fine. Maybe all the people accountable for the system which failed that day but who were promoted (no one sacked) after 911 can explain this oddity because no-one to date has. Oddity is probably the right word because non of the events of 911 add up or make sense unless you take the view that the military were obstructed from acting until the events were too far along to be changed by interceptor aircraft.
- graham casey, perth australia, 13/6/2011 05:05
I wonder how a F-15 jet, with a top speed of Mach 1.2, and a stall speed near 150 knots, "escorts" a Beech Bonanza with a top speed of 180 knots, and a stall speed around 50 knots. Very hard for the jet to go that slow.
- Gaviota, Arkansas, USA, 12/6/2011 23:43
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