DC airspace violated
November 22nd, 2010
03:21 PM ET

DC airspace violated

Two F-16 fighter jets briefly took to the skies over Washington on Monday after a small passenger aircraft violated the capital's airspace restrictions, according to military officials.

A portion of the White House grounds was briefly evacuated during the incident. The Missile Battery, across from the White House, scrambled to respond to the inbound threat. (See picture above)

The passenger plane - a Cessna 182 - was escorted by the F-16s to an airport in nearby Manassas, Virginia. The Secret Service will interview the pilot, a spokesman for the agency told CNN.

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  1. Sherri W.W.

    Good Heavens~what next? With so much going on,I am afraid we will see a lot more of this type of thing~until one day again,it is not just an innocent mistake!

    November 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm |