Wednesday, November 21, 2001

THURMONT, Md. (AP) A helicopter was escorted from restricted air space surrounding the Camp David presidential retreat yesterday, a state police spokesman said.
Yesterday morning’s incursion was the latest in a series of incursions into restricted air space since the no-fly zone around the compound was expanded in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The helicopter was escorted from the airspace by two military jets and was being tracked so the pilot could be questioned after landing, said Cpl. Rob Moroney, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police.
Incursions into the Camp David airspace have been so common the Secret Service asked the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association this month to remind members about the changes.
The Frederick-based organization e-mailed its members and sent a poster to area airports urging pilots to “fly professionally.”
The no-fly zone surrounding Camp David was expanded from five nautical miles to eight nautical miles after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
In a previous incident, student pilot Ken Stinson, flanked by two F-16s, was forced to land Oct. 31 at Carroll County Regional Airport after he accidentally flew over the presidential retreat at Camp David.
After landing, Mr. Stinson was questioned for 31/2 hours by the Secret Service, FBI, the Federal Aviation Administration and local law enforcement at the Westminster state police barracks. Authorities determined the intrusion was accidental.
On Nov. 1, a pilot in a single-engine rented plane was forced to land at Baltimore-Washington International Airport after flying over restricted air space. The space that was violated was not disclosed.

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