Two Air Force jets were forced to intercept an unresponsive aircraft over Trump’s first rally today in Arizona in an effort to protect the president:
THE HILL – Air Force F-16 fighter jets had to intercept an unresponsive aircraft flying over a Trump campaign rally in Bullhead City, Ariz., on Wednesday afternoon, the Pentagon confirmed.
The incident, which was caught on video as President Trump spoke to supporters, at first appeared to be a military flyover as an F-16 fired flares to ward off the other aircraft.
“Oh, look at that. Look, look, look,” Trump said, pointing at the white stream left by the flares. “Look at that. They gave the president a little display.”
But the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) later said in a statement that it directed the F-16 fighters to intercept the unidentified plane after it entered restricted airspace surrounding the rally and could not be contacted.
“The violating aircraft was non-responsive to initial intercept procedures, but established radio communications after NORAD aircraft deployed signal flares,” it said.
The violating aircraft was then “escorted out of the restricted area by the NORAD aircraft without further incident.”
Trump actually saw this when it happened today and noted it in the sky. Here’s the video:
The Hill reports that NORAD didn’t give any other information on the unresponsive aircraft. I suspect it was just someone flying who didn’t realize where they were flying, but if it turns out to be more nefarious, we’ll let you know.