Fighter jet intercepts plane near Los Angeles during Obama visit

Story highlights

  • President Obama was on a fundraising trip in California Wednesday
  • F-16 trailed the small plane to its landing
  • The Cessna single-engine aircraft violated a temporary airspace restriction
A fighter jet intercepted a single-engine airplane northwest of Los Angeles Wednesday for breaching a temporary airspace restriction, according to a military news release.
The temporary restriction violated by the Cessna aircraft coincided with a campaign visit to the city by U.S. President Barack Obama, who was on a one-day fundraising swing through the state.
"After intercepting the aircraft, the F-16 followed it until it landed without incident, at approximately 4:58 p.m. PDT where the plane was met by local law enforcement," according to a statement issued by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
The president spoke at a gala for the gay community in Los Angeles, on his third fundraising trip to the Golden State in the past month. Earlier in the day, he attended two campaign events in San Francisco.
NORAD's mission is to protect U.S. and Canadian airspace against possible threats and may require planes to change course or land.