WASHINGTON – A fighter jet has intercepted a small civilian airplane in restricted airspace near the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md., and escorted it to at an airport in West Virginia.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command says the Piper plane was out of radio communication when it was intercepted by an F-15E fighter at about 4:45 p.m. It was diverted to the airport in Martinsburg.
President Barack Obama was at Camp David at the time. He had traveled there by motorcade after switching from his Marine One helicopter because of bad weather.
The White House said the pilot of the small plane would be interviewed.