Air Space Security Breaches Prompt Military Responses

Air Space Security Breach Prompts Military Response

( – When the president of the United States travels throughout the country, strict security measures are put into place. One of those is a temporary restricted air space zone. Recently, the military responded to multiple breaches of that air space.

On June 20, the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command posted an announcement on Twitter informing the public that several of their fighter jets had to respond to “several general aviation aircraft that violated the VIP Temporary Flight Restricted” air space near San Francisco, California, that day. The agency said all three incidents were concluded without an issue.

In a follow-up tweet, NORAD Command urged the area’s pilots to keep their eyes on the latest notice to airmen (NOTAM) for that day and the next. Video of the incident shows a fighter jet cutting off a much smaller plane.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement on Twitter asking the public to stay away from the area because the roads were restricted in some areas.

The president was in the Bay Area for a three-day visit. He arrived on June 19 and visited a Palo Alto nature preserve, where he announced a climate initiative. He also visited San Francisco and attended four fundraisers.

The interception of the planes wasn’t the first time that has happened this month. On June 4, fighter jets scrambled to intercept a plane that was not responding to authorities near Washington, DC. When the military caught up to the aircraft, the pilots noticed the person operating the private plane was slumped over in the cockpit. Eventually, the plane crashed in Virginia near the Blue Ridge Parkway, killing two adult women, a child, and the pilot. Subsequent reporting revealed the plane belonged to GOP megadonor John Rumpel. He revealed his daughter, Adina Azarian, 2-year-old granddaughter, Aria, and a nanny died in the crash.

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