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F-16s scrambled after pilot enters Philadelphia no-fly zone

July 24, 2003 (by Lieven Dewitte) - A small plane inadvertently ventured into the 30-mile no-fly zone over President Bush's motorcade as the president returned to Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday, officials said. The pilot was taken into custody, then released several hours later.
Four F-16 fighters were scrambled and forced the Cessna four-seater to land at the Camden County Airport in Berlin, New Jersey.

About 20 police officers approached the pilot, guns drawn, and ordered him to lie on the tarmac. He was handcuffed, taken to the local police department, then released.

The pilot was in the air to monitor utility pipelines and inadvertently violated the no-fly zone.