November 22nd, 2010
03:23 PM ET

F-16s scramble as private plane violates D.C. airspace

Two F-16 fighter jets briefly took to the skies over Washington on Friday 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 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.

- From CNN's  Shawna Shepherd and Mike Ahlers


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  1. RON

    You said he was a student piolet - dont worry– wernt the hijackers that crased the planes on 9-11 student piolets as well. Yes it is a little redeculus to belive that two fighter jets chased down a slow plane- would have been a better job for a helicopter I would think but you have to get there quickly. I think that as time progresses the "white house" and simular buildings will all be built under ground- it only makes sence!

    November 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. t rex

    very simple....the pilots an idiot and our government wastes taxpayers money!!! and yes the world trade center collapse was an inside job......buildings topple...they dont fall straight down unless it was an implosion and had inside help from our government...

    November 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. t rex

    think of the game jenga!!!!

    November 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mr. Whippler

    Too little too late.

    Where the hell were you people after first strike on 09/11?! Quick to capture glory & a fat paycheck, not so much on the effectiveness scale. Pretty unimpressive when your only job is to secure the nation's skies.
    Grade: D-

    November 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jack

    Wow, in under an hour and a half. This is not a false flag, I repeat this is not a false flag.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. t rex

    not to mention tower ons falls straight daown and the exactly a half hour later tower two falls straight down.........i repeat STRAIGHT DOWN.....!!!

    November 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Amazed

    I love my country and the people belonging to it, but after reading some of these idiotic posts I can honestly say I'm embarrased at the level of stupidity some of you display (parrot, chase de la vega, jack). Man you guys are dumb, did you graduate high school? Have you ever read a book? Where do you come up with this stuff...sitting around with your other dumb friends speculating or is this stuff you relay from your equally dumb parents? It's unfortunate trailor parks get internet these days. Get a clue morons.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Amazed

    t rex = super moron

    November 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    They should have just let it crash into the Pentagon like they did last time.

    November 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 23, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cornelyus

    Poor americans, they "paranoia" make do stupid things, evereyone is a "threat" and today they even can process that your own goverment kill their own citizents, its so funny!!!!

    November 23, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. CHRIS

    2 f-16 just flew by again in a hurry to DC just 20 mins ago,,,,,PS they never fly by if it isnt in important

    November 23, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Robert

    Where were the F-16's when the unmanned drone flew into the SFRA?

    November 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      I would love to win this IPAD 2 to give to my girlfriend who cldoun't afford a new computer for her first year off to college in Chicago! She would die if i was able to give her an Ipad and I would be extremely grateful! I really hope you pick me it would create a wonderful year for me and her. Thank you god bless and have a great day!

      March 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chris

    Wed 12/29/2010 I can hear the F-16s right now over PG County. Another one?

    December 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
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