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Pilot who breached Obama airspace ignored air traffic controllers

February 16, 2012 |  3:40 pm

President Obama at LAX
Air traffic controllers repeatedly tried to contact the pilot of a Cessna 182 who strayed into President Obama's airspace Thursday morning, prompting defense officials to scramble two F-16 fighter jets, authorities said.

The pilot did not respond, the sources said.

The fighter jets intercepted the plane and it eventually landed without incident at Long Beach Airport, where it was met by law enforcement officials.

Authorities told The Times that they seized as much as 10 kilograms of marijuana on the plane.

The White House said it would not comment on the matter. After his morning fundraisers, Obama left from LAX at 2:45 p.m. en route to San Francisco, according to the White House.


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Photo: President Obama jogs up the steps to Air Force One as he departs Los Angeles on Thursday. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times