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Thursday
Feb162012

Fighters Intercept Cessna Approaching Air Force One

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- As Air Force One sat on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday morning, the North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled two F-16 fighter jets to intercept a small private plane that had invaded the airspace.

The disturbance occurred just minutes before President Obama was scheduled to depart for San Francisco. His plane ultimately took off at 11:40 a.m. PT without incident.

The jets intercepted the general aviation plane – a Cessna 182 – just before 11:30 a.m. PT, according to a statement from NORAD.  It was soon forced to land at Long Beach Airport in California and was met by local law enforcement officials and the U.S. Secret Service, agency spokesman Brian Leary told ABC News.

Agents interviewed the pilots before they were turned over to the Long Beach Police Department and arrested, an official said.

“We determined the incursion of restricted airspace was of no protective interest,” said Leary.

In other words, there was no intended threat to the president.

But the pilot was in possession of narcotics, the Secret Service said.

One law enforcement source told ABC News the plane was carrying 40 pounds of marijuana. Officials with the Long Beach Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request to confirm the type or quantity of the drugs.

President Obama landed in San Francisco after an uneventful one-hour flight at 12:40 p.m. PT. He is attending three fundraisers in the city before heading to Seattle on Friday.

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Wednesday
May182011

Air Force One Misses Initial Landing with President Obama On Board

File photo. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)(WASHINGTON) -- Air Force One executed a missed approach on its first attempt to land Wednesday at Bradley Field in Connecticut, circling the airport before making a successful landing on the second try.

President Obama was on board at the time. He is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

The FAA said visibility was "below the minimum," meaning the pilots couldn't see the runway from the altitude required for landing due to thick cloud cover. They were coming in to Runway 6 on instrument approach. Weather at the field at the time was overcast with visibility of 1.5 miles and cloud ceiling 300 feet to 1000 feet variable.

Sources told ABC News the attempt was not a touch-and-go or dramatic maneuver that would have caught attention from those on the ground. Members of the press on board Air Force One said they didn't notice anything abnormal occurred.

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