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CHICAGO: An F-15 fighter jet was scrambled on two separate occasions Saturday to intercept two single-engine planes that violated a flight ban imposed for President Barack Obama’s visit to his hometown of Chicago, officials said.
Both small aircraft were intercepted “in the vicinity of Chicago,” the first at approximately 10:30 am (1430 GMT) and the second at about 4:45 pm (2045 GMT), North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement.
Both planes were escorted out of the restricted area without further incident, NORAD said.
No details were give about the make of the first aircraft. The second was a Cessna 172.
Obama was in Chicago to spend the weekend there with his family and to attend the wedding of the daughter of Valerie Jarrett, one of his senior advisers. -- AFP