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F-16s intercept two planes near Obama's holiday weekend retreat

F-16 fighter jets intercepted two aircraft after they entered temporarily restricted airspace near the Florida club where President Barack Obama was spending the long President’s Day weekend.

In a statement on its Facebook page, NORAD said two F-16s were sent to deal with a Lancair 320 aircraft “that was not in communications with air controllers … near Port St. Lucie,” Fla., at 5:10 p.m. Sunday.

“Following the intercept, the … aircraft was escorted out of the [area] and allowed to continue on," it added.

NORAD also said in another Facebook posting that a Cessna was caught inside the off-limits zone at about 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday.

“Following the intercept, the aircraft departed the [restricted area] and landed at Okeechobee Airport where it was met by local authorities,” the statement said.

Obama is taking three days off in Florida while Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia are in Colorado on a skiing trip.

He is staying at the Floridian, described by The Associated Press as “an exclusive and secluded yacht and golf club on the state's Treasure Coast.”

On Sunday, the president played a round of golf with Tiger Woods at the club.


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