President Was Expected At Vacation Retreat
The Federal Aviation Administration states a US Air Force
jet intercepted an as-yet unidentified small aircraft north of
Frederick, MD on Saturday afternoon.
According to the Frederick News Post, FAA spokeswoman Laura
Brown refused to say if the private plane had entered restricted
airspace at Camp David, but Frederick resident Steve Chambers said
he saw it from his property, located just north of Camp David.
The jet and the private plane were heading south from that area
shortly after 2 pm, with the private plane coming into view first,
"Then a jet fighter came right up on it. The fighter jet was
doing big, clockwise circles around the private plane."
Chambers said by the time the planes got to his house, the
private plane started going west instead of south.
"He was way banked over at a 45 degree angle. It was like an air
show," he said.
The private plane later landed at the Montgomery County Airpark
in Gaithersburg, MD. No further word was released on the pilot's
possible incursion, the pilot, the plane, or its destination.
Above Camp David is P-40, one of the most violated airspaces
because restrictions change frequently. P-40 is a circle around
Camp David three nautical miles in radius and 12,500 feet high.
When the president is in residence, P-40 expands to 10 nautical
miles because a no-fly zone follows the president. FAA regulations
make it illegal to fly over or near the president. When P-40 fully
expands, it reaches almost to Hagerstown and Frederick, MD, and
I-70 passes through its southwest quadrant.