July 02, 2011
CAMP DAVID, Md. -- An F-15 fighter jet was scrambled Saturday to intercept a civilian plane flying near the Camp David presidential retreat where President Barack Obama is staying.
The two-seat civilian plane, which had fallen out of radio communication, was intercepted approximately 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) from Camp David, Md., by the F-15E jet under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) at around 1:20pm ET, according to an official release.
The fighter jet escorted the plane out of the area. It later landed in Hagerstown, Md., without incident.
The president is spending a rare weekend at Camp David, which prompted the extra caution from NORAD.