Fighter jets chase down small planes near Obama’s Florida resort
February 16th, 2013
04:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Fighter jets chase down small planes near Obama’s Florida resort

(CNN) - Fighter jets intercepted three small planes that violated flight restrictions set up in Florida for President Barack Obama’s visit.

The first, a Cessna 152, entered the restricted airspace just before noon Saturday near the Palm City resort where the president is staying, according to Army Lt. Col. Mike Humphreys.

The military's North American Aerospace Defense Command sent a F-16 fighter jet and a Coast Guard helicopter to intercept the plane, he said.

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The F-16 flew with the plane until it landed at Witham Field in nearby Stuart, where it was met by local officials. The Secret Service and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.

Five hours later, F-16s intercepted a Lancair 320, a smaller craft that seats two passengers, the defense command said.

That plane left the restricted airspace after the fighter jets arrived and "continued to its destination,” according to the defense command.

The third plane, another Cessna general aviation aircraft, was intercepted near Palm City at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday and landed at Okeechobee Airport, where it was also met by local authorities.

Small aircraft occasionally enter areas restricted temporarily when the president travels.

A year ago, a Cessna 182 was intercepted over Obama's airspace in Los Angeles. That plane was found to be carrying 10 kilograms of what appeared to be marijuana, according to a law enforcement official.

– CNN's Steve Brusk, Barbara Starr and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


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soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Tommy G

    Congress needs to pass a law requiring the full disclosure of the cost to the tax payer of all these vacations, including the ones for the rest of the Obama family. Obama is clearly abusing his position at a time the country is going broke and cuts are looming. Obama appears to be saying, "Let them eat cake." Pathetic.

    February 17, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Robert

    Bush worked via the crawford ranch. You say his time their cost 20 million possibly? Obamas immigration speech to vegas or stimulous spending CO speech cost 10 million in two trips.

    February 17, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. Dan

    Guess some pilots forgot to do a briefing before their flight and will have a little chat and citation from the FAA

    February 17, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. jim

    W definitel took more vacations than Obama. Not even close

    February 17, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Diane

    All the Obama haters commenting in this space only confirms to the rest of America it will be quite some time before you see the inside of the oval ofc again.

    February 17, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. BossSkankee

    I would have thought the pilots of the Cessnas or their passenger or passengers would hae been taking potshots at the presidential monarch's compound!!!

    February 17, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. LF

    To all those people that show such disrespect to the President by not spelling his name correct – you remind me a lot of my elementary school days. Grow up – respect the office even if you don't like who is holding it.

    February 17, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. dmb

    Perhaps these bone heads from Washington DC should stay there and stop messing up the rest of the USA for the rest of us. It is one heck of a note that we have to provide so much protection for the head politition while he messes up the USA, and the areas that surround him while he moves about the country.

    February 17, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. dmb

    Can you respect someone that constantly lies to you?

    February 17, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Anthony in California

    @dmb
    Can you respect someone that constantly lies to you?

    People still keep voting for Republicans, so I guess so.

    February 17, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Nicholas Smith

    The government frequently forgets that it governs on with the consent of the governed, which did not invest the government with ALL rights, but reserved most of them to itself, the governed.

    February 17, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. ItsAMirage

    Funny, ppl here saying Pres Obama lies.

    Yet, Jrs lies cost how many American lives??!!!!!!!!!

    Oh that's right Reps, those glorious 8years of Jr are a blank to you guys right! Jr.......who's Bush Jr :)

    February 17, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. LMAO

    Politicians lies.... Republicans and Democrats lies.... They all lies their ways into office at one point or another....

    February 17, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. shan22044

    @dmb – you WISH you had a conversation with the president. If you got an invitation to the white house you'd be like that one restaurant owner trying to give him a bear hug.

    February 17, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Jhonnypatriot

    nothing like another tax payer funded vacation while the country takes a nose dive ...guess all that change meant ..more people will change from employed to unemployed and all those who still have jobs will only be left with Change after paying higher prices on everything

    February 17, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Fish

    Everyone can complain about the President, but couldn't do his job any better. If he's doing such a poor job, run for office! Personally I am better off than I was 4 years ago and economic statistics show America is in better shape than when he took office. He is also the first president to assume office with more than a 51% popular vote in BOTH elections since Eisenhower.

    February 17, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Fool me thrice??

    Any chance CNN could hire someone with a clue about aircraft to write these stories? "The first, a Cessna 152, entered the restricted airspace just before noon "........Then: "Five hours later, F-16s intercepted a Lancair 320, a smaller craft that seats two passengers," BOTH aircraft seat two, and the Lancair isn't "smaller". It also would have been nice to include the fact that these TFRs block out a significant portion of our airspace and often pop up with little notice, trapping those already in the air in a violation.

    February 17, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. DCPilot

    I'm sure Billy Bob in that C150 posed a grave risk to national security...

    February 17, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Demigod Vadik, CA

    This is why you do weather briefings, so you know where TFRs ( temporary flight restrictions) are...

    ...Florida seems to be catching up Missouri as the dumbest state in the Union...

    ...3 planes busting a TFR???!!!

    ...Really???!!!

    February 17, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. Greg

    So, what determines which planes are allowed to continue on their destination after interception, and which planes have to 'land and be met by local officials'? There seems to be atleast two possible ways of treating the airspace violations, and I am curious what determines which is applied.

    February 17, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. imjonnyquest

    to the haters of a man that DOES care about our country... i have not a dignified word to say to you.

    February 17, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. TheRationale

    Lol methinks these people just didn't get the memo and got scared silly when an F-16 started bearing down on them.

    February 17, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Quixote

    So, let us hear these myriad lies? And no, making a campaign pledge that the disloyalosition blocks does not count as a lie. Example...Gitmo. the President did everything he possibly could to try to close it but gop stooges blocked wt every step of the process...so

    What lies? I do not recall any...we know there are WMD and we must invade....or any we know saddam has been purchasing yellow cake uranium.....or anything like....we do not torture.........

    February 17, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. Chuck

    Wait..........Obama has a Florida Resort as well as a Mansion in Hawaii?

    man Celebrity has allot of percs

    February 17, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. frank thomas

    I wonder if one of these planes had rush as a passenger, thats about as close as he will ever get to seeing the President. Obama should play on beautiful pebble beach golf course out here in sunny and warm,California today in the 70,s and zero humidity

    February 17, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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