US Air Force Jet Intercepts Plane Near Trump Golf Course in NJ

July 22, 2018 Updated: July 22, 2018

An Air Force F-16 fighter jet on Saturday intercepted a small plane close to President Donald Trump’s private golf resort in New Jersey, where he was staying.

Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said the plane, described by some outlets as a small general aviation aircraft, was flying near Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey, property.

The fighter jet was scrambled to intercept the plane at 12:30 p.m. ET because it was flying “without proper clearances or communications,” NJ.com reported. There was a temporary flight restriction zone around Trump’s golf course.

The intercepted aircraft landed at an airport in Pittstown without incident. Local law enforcement officials met the pilot. It’s not clear what followed.

Trump arrived in New Jersey on Friday. He will head back to Washington on Sunday.

Other details about the intercept are not clear.

On its website, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration shows the locations where temporary flight restrictions are in place.

When Trump was elected, the agency imposed temporary flight restrictions over the Trump Tower in New York City. A similar flight restriction was placed around the Indianapolis for Vice President Mike Pence.

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