- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A fighter jet was sent to intercept a small plane in airspace restricted because of President Barack Obama’s visit to Los Angeles, but the plane turned around when the pilot realized his error.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says there’s no indication the airspace violation Thursday night by the Cessna 340 was intentional.

Lt. Col. Michael Jazdyk of the North American Aerospace Defense Command says the pilot took off from Bakersfield about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. He was not following his flight plan and was out of communication with the FAA when the F-15 was sent about 5:20 p.m. But communication was soon regained, and the pilot returned to Bakersfield.

The president was at a fundraiser at the home of actress Gwyneth Paltrow on Thursday evening.


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