Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a plane flown by a 75-year-old woman after it entered restricted airspace during President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Chicago, federal officials said Thursday.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command told The Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/nlePww) that the jets were summoned when air traffic controllers couldn’t contact the pilot Wednesday afternoon. The president was in Chicago for a fundraiser celebrating his 50th birthday.
The jets intercepted the Kitfox Model 2, a kit airplane, piloted by Myrtle Rose of South Barrington, a Chicago suburb. Rose turned the plane around and returned to Mill Rose Farm Airport, NORAD spokesman Lt. Michael Humphreys said.
Rose’s plane didn’t have a radio, which forced NORAD to use the jets to identify and intercept the plane, Humphreys said.
Source: The Associated Press