Charlottesville Bound Plane Diverted

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

June 5, 2006

A small plane, a Cessna 182, caused quite a scene after it violated restricted air space over Washington, DC. The plane entered a restricted zone 22 miles northeast of National Airport. Two F-16's out of Andrews Air Force Base were scrambled into the air to intercept the plane. They came along side, made radio contact, and escorted it to a small airport in suburban Maryland.

The plane originated in Philadelphia and was heading to the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport. Instead, it landed at the Gaithersburg Airpark where investigators questioned the pilot. At this time, officials do not believe the plane posed any type of security threat.

No charges have been filed against the pilot. After an investigation the U.S. Secret Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement say it appears the incident was just a mistake by the pilot. No word on who the pilot was and how many people were on board.

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