Fighter Jets Escort Plane to MacArthur

Plane enters no-fly zone in place with President Obama in Connecticut.

Fighter jets were forced to intercept a wayward plane over Suffolk County Monday night after the small aircraft pierced a temporary no-fly zone, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). 

The plane was escorted to MacArthur Airport by two F-15 jets around 7 p.m. and landed without incident, according to a NORAD statement. 

The no-fly zone over the island was in effect because President Obama was campaigning in Connecticut Monday. 

Officials have not released the identity of the pilot who was flying alone on a home-built Kitfox, the Daily News reported

A second aircraft also flying in a restricted area in New Haven, Conn., was intercepted by the fighter jets around 7:30 p.m. That plane was allowed to continue to its final destination, NORAD said.  

Many local residents said they saw the jets soar over their homes. 

"I watched it fly over my house several times," Dan Olawski of Lake Ronkonkoma wrote on Facebook. "Was a little nerve-wracking." 

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Tim Jordan August 08, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Al 17: I absorbed all 15 words of that insightful post. Pointing out the fact that the F-15's have been around for 40 years does defend the POTUS, doesn't it? It does cost a lot to maintain and operate a 40 year old fleet of aircraft. But the fact is the F-15 is an undefeated in air-to-air combat, protects our skies every day all year long. None of which has any thing to do with who has been in office for the last 4 years. Anything that happens nowadays people blame President Obama for. True story, get rid of those "costly" F-15's you will lose a lot of American jobs. Please take time to digest my post.
Tim Jordan August 08, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Never served huh Chris?
Archie Bunker August 08, 2012 at 02:37 PM
No, but what does that have to do with it? Neither did Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld......
Lady L August 10, 2012 at 02:00 AM
yes...but he not getting money from the 99% LOL
Lady L August 10, 2012 at 02:01 AM
sorry for your loss Nancy


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