Plane Forced To Land After Entering Airspace Reserved For President

MURRIETA (CBSLA.com) — A single-engine plane flew into a temporary no-fly zone Wednesday, which was established while President Barack Obama’s helicopter was transitioning between Los Angeles and San Diego during his Southland visit.

The incident happened around 11:40 a.m. when the Cessna 172’s pilot took off from French Valley Airport in Murrieta, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Two F-16 Falcons were sent to intercept the plane when air traffic controllers weren’t able to reach the pilot, who was “out of communication” about eight miles northwest of Lake Elsinore.

The pilot flew back out of the restricted airspace after receiving instructions from the fighter pilots.

He later landed at Corona Municipal Airport.

No other information was immediately available.

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