Third Plane Intercepted Near Camp David

Sunday, Jul 10, 2011  |  Updated 1:19 PM EDT
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The roar of jet engines again screeched through the Maryland sky on Sunday, as a third civilian aircraft this weekend wandered into restricted airspace.

NORAD reported that a pair of F-15E jets intercepted a single-propeller driven civilian aircraft on its way towards Camp David.  The plane, a Cessna 182, was detected in restricted airspace around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Area around Camp David has been zoned and patrolled as Temporary Flight Restricted area.  President Barack Obama was spending a portion of his weekend at the Camp David retreat.

The flight was forced to land at Carroll County Regional airport.

Yesterday, NORAD fighters shepherded two other civilian planes out of the skies near Camp David.  Last week, similar incidents occurred with two other planes.

The U.S. Air Force has operated the F-15 fighter jet since 1975.  With two Pratt and Whitney engines, the aircraft is capable of flying 1,875 miles per hour, at altitudes up to 65,000 feet.
 

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