May 25th, 2009
09:37 AM ET
5 years ago

3 pilots 'nick' Camp David airspace, FAA says

 President Obama returned from Camp David on Sunday night.
President Obama returned from Camp David on Sunday night.

(CNN) - Three small, slow-moving aircraft entered the edge of the temporarily restricted airspace around Camp David in Maryland on Sunday as the Obama family vacationed there, a military official told CNN.

Each plane was intercepted by an F-15 fighter jet, said James Graybill, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Pilots who violate restricted airspace are routinely interviewed by federal officials to determine whether further action is warranted.

The pilots "just nicked" the temporarily restricted airspace, said FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown. The incursions occurred at about 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Only the last aircraft was precisely identified - it was a Beechcraft Bonanza, said Brown.

President Barack Obama planned to return to the White House later Sunday. It was not immediately clear whether the first lady and their daughters planned to return, or continue the rest of the holiday weekend at Camp David.


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  1. steve

    Republican Party's slogan for 2010

    Vote for us because we worked very hard to obstruct and Vote No to President Obama and Democrats agenda to clean the Bush / Cheney / Roves MESS.

    May 25, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. DaBird

    One of the planes was Air Force One trying to get good photos of Hussain without his shirt on.

    May 25, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. lucretia

    Barry and family are getting a little taste of the horror he inflicted on the people of New York with his air force one fly over. He is truely a vile and despicable man.

    May 25, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. The Party of NO is only “pro-life” so they will be able to kill the “babies” 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war

    And each of the pilots should have to reimburse the U.S. taxpayer for the expenses accrued by the launching of the F-15 aircraft!

    May 25, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. lucretia

    Oh my god....Barry is planning to CONDEMN the North Koreans for their latest nuke test. That will show them. They are shaking in their boots. Maybe he can get Michelle to plant a "peace" garden and invite gay Korean-Americans to help sow the seeds and hold mock trials of former Bush administration officials. ENSHALA.

    May 25, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. fed up

    when is Obama actually start being a President???? He has been on vacation since he started....

    May 25, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. lucretia

    Why can't CNN come to grips with the absolute absurdity of the Obama administration? From the dozing treasury secretary to the president's continuing racists remarks to the parade of tax cheats to the mindless veep. If this were a GOP president CNN would have a constant stream of stories about these items and hundreds others. The NY flyover would STILL be front story and the digging by the CNN "reporters" would be breathless and unending. And the dozen or so Democrat party members of congress who have clearly broken laws are ignored. One word on CNN then gone forever.

    When "news" organization such as CNN team up with the political powers we have what is called a "fascist" state. And that is indeed what we see rising in front of our eyes. Obama's ruling strategy mirrors Adolph Hitler's rise to power. At some CNN will not be able to control it own organzation. As we hear now at least a couple of CNN employees plan daily strategy with White House staff to be communicated through CNN outlets. Voila.

    May 25, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Kumar

    Hmmm...sounds like a bunch of weekend pilots heading out for Memorial Day forgot to check the advisories. Same stuff happens in Indianapolis over the Indy 500 weekend when airspace is cleared for the flyover. You occasionally hear about a small plane or two (that don't have to file flighplans) going into the temporarily restricted path.

    I'm guessing the F-15 pilots saw horrified familes (and entralled kids) as they buzzed these planes.

    May 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Claude

    Restricting the airspace around the president is stupid. If a plane wanted to penetrate the airspace deliberately, the people on the ground would have less than 30 seconds to receive the notification from ATC and react- this is impossible. All the airspace restrictions do is to notify everyone where the president is and make inconvenience for pilots.

    May 25, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. LOL

    Force those pilots to land then waterboard them!!!!

    Oh wait I forgot Bush is no longer President.

    How about tie them down and tickle them!!!! Yes tickle them until you make them pee. That might be more Obama's style. hehehe

    May 25, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. obamamama

    To "fed up" where have you been? Obama has done soooo much in his firsy 100+ days!! Not on perpetual vaycay by any means!

    May 25, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |