Tue, Jul 12, 2011
All Were Escorted To A Maryland Airport, Landing Without
NORAD says they intercepted three GA airplanes near the Camp
David Presidential retreat over the weekend.
Saturday, NORAD says it scrambled two F-15E Strike Eagles to
intercept a general aviation aircraft which was NORDO in the
vicinity of Camp David, MD, at approximately 1217 EDT. Later that
day two F-15's were sent to intercept a Cessna 210 near the
Presidential retreat at approximately 1826 EDT.
Both civilian aircraft were intercepted and departed the
restricted area. They both landed at Carroll County Regional
Airport where they were met by local law enforcement.
Then on Sunday, NORAD says its fighters intercepted a Cessna 182
in the restricted airspace at approximately 1036 EDT. That airplane
was also out of radio communication. The pilot reportedly was
intercepted and departed the Temporary Flight Restricted area and
landed at the Carroll County Regional airport.
That makes five GA aircraft to be intercepted and escorted out
of the Camp David TFR in the past month. The previous incidents
occurred on June 11th and July 2nd.
NORAD's mission in close collaboration with homeland defense,
security, and law enforcement partners - is to prevent air attacks
against North America, safeguard the sovereign airspaces of the
United States and Canada by responding to unknown, unwanted and
unauthorized air activity approaching and operating within these
airspaces, and provide aerospace and maritime warning for North
America. NORAD may be required to monitor, shadow, divert from
flight path, direct to land and/or destroy platforms deemed a
potential threat to North America.
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