Jets from NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, intercepted a helicopter in a temporary flight-restricted area over Rhode Island during President Obama’s visit Friday morning, federal officials confirmed.
Two F-15 jets flew out of Barnes Air National Guard base in Westfield, Mass., to intercept the helicopter, said Army Maj. Beth Smith, NORAD Northern Command spokesperson.
Asked how two jets can intercept a helicopter and cause it to land, she said, “Suffice it to say that NORAD does these routinely. In the incident this morning,” the helicopter occupants “were fully aware that they were not where they were supposed to be.”
Airspace over Rhode Island was restricted during the president’s visit, from about 9 p.m. Thursday to 1:30 p.m. Friday.