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Student pilot wanders into restricted airspace

Authorities say a student pilot who wandered into Washington's restricted airspace has been forced to land in Gaithersburg, Md.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Authorities say a student pilot who wandered into Washington's restricted airspace has been forced to land in Gaithersburg, Md.

Secret Service spokesman Darrin Blackford says the plane was identified around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday and landed about 25 minutes later in Maryland. He says the flight originated in Pennsylvania, although he did not know the exact location.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Diane Spitaliere says the pilot of the small Cessna plane was alone on a first-ever, cross-country flight.

Authorities say fighter jets escorted the pilot from the restricted airspace.

Blackford says officials believe the pilot did not intend any harm to the White House or nearby facilities.