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F-15 fighter jets intercept two small planes in Obama airspace

Two F-15 fighter jets intercepted two small planes that strayed into President Barack Obama's airspace during a campaign visit to Connecticut on Monday and the planes landed without incident, NBC's affiliate in Connecticut reported.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command said the fighter jets intercepted a small plane over Long Island, New York, at 7 p.m. ET and followed it until it landed, and that the pilot was met by law enforcement authorities. (Link to statement on Facebook)


Roughly half an hour later, the jets intercepted a second small plane in Connecticut near New Haven, but it was allowed to continue to its destination, NORAD said.

NBC Connecticut reported that the planes had entered airspace temporarily restricted during Obama's visit to the state.

See the original story at NBC Connecticut

Obama was in Connecticut on Monday evening for a campaign event at the Stamford Marriott and later at a private residence in Westport, according to a schedule posted on the White House website.

Reuters and NBC News staff contributed to this report.

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