Two F-15 fighter jets rushing from Portland triggered two sonic booms that were heard across a wide swath of the Puget Sound region on Tuesday, fraying nerves and knocking out 911 service to parts of Pierce County for about an hour.
The jets were responding to a float plane that had entered restricted presidential air space over Western Washington while President Barack Obama was in town.
The plane landed safely at a float plane harbor in Kenmore on the northern shores of Lake Washington.
Several calls from worried residents across the region, from Olympia to Edmonds, flooded emergency dispatchers and the KOMO newsroom reporting two distinct explosions that rattled windows and shook homes around 1:50 p.m.
A spokesman with the Oregon Air National Guard said two F-15s from their 142nd Fighter Wing were scrambled from their base at Portland International Airport.
NORAD spokesman John Cornelio said the float plane left the restricted area before the Air National Guard jets arrived, and there was no intercept. A source told ABC News the plane landed just before the fighter jets got to him.
Source: KOMO News
Two F-15 fighter jets rushing from Portland triggered two sonic booms that were heard…
by Tactical-Life.com / Aug 18, 2010