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Posted at 5:01 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Student pilot violates D.C. air space

By Associated Press

UPDATE:
U.S. fighter jets intercepted a small plane flow by a student pilot after it crossed into restricted airspace in the Washington area, military and aviation officials said Monday.

The two F-16 fighters launched by the North American Aerospace Defense Command escorted the Cessna 182 to the airport in Manassas, officials said.

The plane landed without incident just after 2:30 p.m. Monday and was met by law enforcement personnel, they said.

A lone student pilot was at the controls of the Cessna, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said. The plane had taken off from Warrenton earlier in the day, she said.

Air traffic controllers were unable to make contact with the plane before it crossed into restricted airspace, she said. The plane penetrated the outer ring of the restricted area over Virginia, but not the inner ring, she said.


Plane in restricted D.C. area intercepted
4:18 p.m.
Military officials say U.S. fighter jets have intercepted a small plane that crossed into restricted airspace in the Washington area.

The two F-16 fighters launched by the North American Aerospace Defense Command escorted the Cessna 182 to the airport in Manassas.

The plane landed there without incident just after 2:30 p.m. Monday and was met by law enforcement personnel.

By Associated Press  | November 22, 2010; 5:01 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Comments

I wonder how that worked. The minimum speed of an f-16 is faster than the cesna's top speed.

Posted by: docwhocuts | November 22, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The poor guy probably had brownies in his pants, after he was buzzed by the F-16's.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | November 22, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

They probably do donuts around the slower plane.

Posted by: jake8 | November 22, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

docwhocuts,

No, actually an F-16 can safely maintain 120 knots below 15,000. The cruising speed of a Cessna 182 is 145 knots.

However, Computer guy is correct--there was doubtlessly severe damage to the upholstery of the pilot's seat on the Cessna. You're bumping along, possibly not sure of your exact location, less than 50 hours of total time, and suddenly two very large and very noisy fighters appear on either side of you dropping magnesium flares and giving you hand signals. I suspect that he had adrenaline dripping out of his ears by the time he got to Manassas.

Posted by: hisroc | November 22, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I thought they installed a laser alerting system for these stray aircraft.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | November 22, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Dummy should be disqualified from getting his license.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | November 22, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

waterfront,

You are obviously not a pilot. I hope that this poor guy completes his training and passes his check ride. If this is the biggest mistake he ever makes at the controls, then he will be a very safe and competent general aviation pilot. I know lots of safe pilots (including me) who made far more dangerous mistakes while learning. That is why student pilots are not allowed to carry passengers.

Posted by: hisroc | November 22, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Like Mondays aren't bad enough already you finish up like that...

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 23, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

So now the student pilot is getting a reality TV series, plus guest spots on Bloatfrah and Letterman?

Posted by: lilhornie | November 23, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

He has a story for his grandchildren.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 23, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Next time scramble an A-10...

Go Ugly Early and Bring the Steel Rain!

Posted by: GAU8A | November 23, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Next time scramble an A-10...

Go Ugly Early and Bring the Steel Rain!

Posted by: GAU8A | November 23, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

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