Pilot Strays Into Restricted Airspace

The Associated Press
Tuesday, January 2, 2007; 7:43 AM

WASHINGTON -- A small plane twice strayed into restricted airspace over President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, authorities said Monday. The violation was inadvertent, FAA spokeswoman Diane Stitaliere said.

The propeller plane, a Maule M-7, wandered into restricted airspace above the ranch around 11:30 p.m. local time Sunday, prompting the scrambling of F-16 fighter jets, said Air Force Maj. April Cunningham, spokeswoman for the North American Aerospace Defence Command.

The jets used flares to get the attention of the pilot, who landed and was interviewed by authorities before being sent on his way, according to NORAD and the Secret Service.

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