Thu, Sep 23, 2004
Airman Forced To Land After Close Encounter With Presidential
The pilot of a small aircraft was forced to land Wednesday,
after his aircraft got just a little too close to President Bush,
who was on a campaign swing through King Of Prussia and the western
part of the Keystone State.
WPVI-TV reports the 84-year old pilot from New Jersey and his
passenger were up for one of those $50 cups of coffee when they
were intercepted. They were forced to land at Pottstown-Limerick
Airport and questioned by both the FBI and Secret Service.
"He was in the wrong place at the wrong time," said airport
operations manager Chris Jordan. "The gentleman was just going for
a cup of coffee in Chester County and didn't quite make it."
There were conflicting reports of just who forced the elderly
pilot down -- a state police helicopter or USAF F-15 jets. WPVI
reported the jet crews fired flares to get the civilian's attention
before escorting him to Pottstown-Limerick.
After more than three hours of questioning, the pilot and his
passenger were allowed to go free. There was no immediate
indication on whether the pilot, whose name wasn't released, would
be charged with violating restricted airspace.
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