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No threat seen after three planes violate Obama's airspace

President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One before departing at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday.

Authorities are investigating three private planes that violated airspace restrictions set up for President Obama's visit to Southern California, but there is no indication that the flights presented a threat to the president.

A spokesman for the Secret Service said that one single-engine plane landed at Chino Airport about 6 a.m. Thursday and two other small aircraft, a Cessna 206 and a Piper Cherokee, were escorted out of the temporary no-fly zone by F-16 fighter jets between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Chino police said they received a request from federal officials at about 6 a.m. to locate a small private plane that had landed at the city's airport after straying into restricted areas.

A spokesperson said officers found the Mooney M20 and detained the pilot until Secret Service officials arrived. Police described the pilot as cooperative.

On Wednesday, an F-16 fighter jet intercepted a small private plane and escorted it to Camarillo Airport after the aircraft entered the president's restricted airspace during one of the fundraisers.

The single-engine Cessna 177 was intercepted and forced to land shortly before 5 p.m., according to a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Obama was at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at the time and was later taken to the Regent Beverly Wilshire for a 600-person campaign fundraiser held by gay and lesbian supporters.

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Photo: President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One before departing at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

 
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