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Fighters Scrambled After Violation Of Air Force 1 Air Space

SEATTLE (AP) - A passenger aboard a float plane headed for Lake Washington says it violated the airspace around Air Force One while President Obama was in Seattle. That caused the military to scramble fighter jets. Sonic booms from the Air National Guard F-15s startled many people throughout the Puget Sound area.

Kenmore Air president Todd Banks says the incursion was by a plane that landed at his float plane base on nearby Lake Washington. A passenger, Laura Joseph of Normandy Park, told The
Associated Press she and the pilot were returning from Lake Chelan in eastern Washington and didn't know of the flight restrictions.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command says the plane left the restricted area before the jets arrived and there was no intercept.
      
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