Thursday, May 08, 2014

Presidential security buzzes the skies of the Santa Clarita Valley

The thunderous noise of fighter jets “buzzing” some Santa Clarita Valley homes Wednesday night turns out to be the byproduct of presidential protection during Barack Obama’s visit to Los Angeles.

“It sounded like lawn mowers on my roof,” said a Canyon Country resident who identified herself only as Cathy. She first heard the jets about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, she said.

“There were aerial motorized noises over my house,” she said. “(I thought,) what are these objects flying overhead? They were very loud.”

Jim Nicol of Newhall wrote to The Signal Thursday morning questioning what he thought were “Air Force jet fighter maneuvers over SCV.”

“What was that AF fighter jet doing yesterday afternoon doing mock air-to-air combat maneuvers over the SCV?” he asked.

Short answer: national security.

Fighter jets intercepted two aircraft that wandered into a no-fly area imposed because of Obama’s visit, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh, a spokesman for North American Aerospace Defense Command, says a small private plane and a private helicopter were spotted in the no-fly zone Wednesday, and authorities couldn’t immediately make contact with the pilots, AP said.

California Air National Guard F-15s eventually escorted the aircraft out of the restricted area.

One landed at Agua Dulce Airpark, the other at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad.

Cathy in Canyon Country said the same jet sounds were heard twice Thursday morning, but authorities say no planes violated restrictions during the president’s Thursday visit.

President Obama left Los Angeles for San Diego at 2:10 p.m., according to his itinerary posted on the White House website.


If you wondered why two F-15s were buzzing the Santa Clarita Valley early Wednesday evening when President Barack Obama was in Los Angeles, here’s why.  

NORAD fighters intercept two general aviation aircraft over Los Angeles

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – F-15 fighters under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted two general aviation aircraft that were out of communications in the Temporary Flight Restriction Zone over Los Angeles, Calif, at approximately 6:30 p.m. PDT yesterday evening.

Once the aircraft were intercepted and had departed the Temporary Flight Restricted Zone, they landed at regional airports and were investigated by local law enforcement.

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