F-15s scramble to intercept ‘unresponsive’ aircraft near Mar-a-Lago

F-15s scramble to intercept ‘unresponsive’ aircraft near Mar-a-Lago
Air National Guard F-15 out of Homestead makes America safe. (Image: USAF via Wikimedia Commons)

[Ed. – This was probably nothing, but the Palm Beach/West Palm Beach area is one where there will always be a whole lot of routine general-aviation activity.  It will be interesting to see if the Secret Service eventually wants more of the airspace closed when Trump is there.]

Two F-15s caused a ‘sonic boom’ as they raced from their base in Homestead, Fla., Friday to intercept an unresponsive general aviation aircraft that flew near Palm Beach during a stay by President Trump at Mar-a-Lago.

The jets flew at supersonic speeds and residents were startled by the loud boom, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, said in a statement. The two fighters were able to establish communication with the aircraft. This incident occured at about 7 p.m. ET.  No further details were immediately available. …

Earlier this month, a private plane got within 2 nautical miles of Air Force One, which is closer than permitted, while flying over Florida and the incident is being investigated by authorities, Bloomberg reported.

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