updated 2/4/2006 9:52:44 AM ET 2006-02-04T14:52:44

Two fighter jets forced a small plane to land after the pilot flew too close to President Bush’s ranch in central Texas while he was spending the weekend there.

The Secret Service on Saturday confirmed that the pilot violated restricted air space over the ranch on Friday night, several hours after the president arrived, and was forced to land at nearby Waco Regional Airport.

The pilot was interviewed and sent on his way, said Tom Mazur, a spokesman for the Secret Service in Washington. The matter, which appeared to be an inadvertent violation, was referred to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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