Two Planes Intercepted During Obama's Visit to Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The military says fighter jets intercepted two small planes during President Barack Obama's visit to Des Moines last week for violating the temporary flight restricted area.
The Des Moines Register says the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, says both planes were escorted to nearby airfields during Obama's visit on Aug. 13.
NORAD spokesman John Cornelio in Colorado Springs, Colo., says both incidents happened in and around the Des Moines area. He says neither posed a danger to Obama, but flight space is restricted during presidential visits. He says prior to Obama's arrival, the Federal Aviation Administration posted a notice to make pilots aware of the restrictions.
FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says the incidents remain under investigation and the pilots' names are not released.
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