Four private planes were intercepted for violating airspace restricted for President Barack Obama’s Southern California fundraising visit, authorities said on Thursday.
Two private planes were intercepted early Thursday morning and one was intercepted Wednesday night, officials said. authorities do not believe he was ever in any danger.
An F-16 fighter jet intercepted a Cessna 177 just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. It was forced to land at Camarillo Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.
A Mooney M20 was intercepted over Fullerton and landed at Chino at 6:04 a.m., the FAA reported.
A single-engine Cessna 206, was intercepted at 9 a.m., according to North American Aerospace Defense Command.
A single engine Cherokee PA 28, was intercepted at approximately 9:30 a.m. Thursday, NORAD said.
Two similar incidents were reported during Obama trips. On May 11, a plane that had inadvertedtly entered Obama's airspace was intercepted by an F-16 as the president was about to leave LAX. The small plane was escorted to El Monte Airport.
On Feb. 16, a Cessna with 40 pounds of marijuana was intercepted and forced to land at Long Beach Airport during Obama’s visit.