May 15, 2003 (by Lieven Dewitte) - An F-16 fighter jet was sent to investigate a plane carrying Gov. Jeb Bush after it lost radio contact Wednesday on approach to Reagan National Airport in Washington. It was unclear why the plane lost radio contact at 7:30 a.m. Once contact was re-established, controllers were able to authenticate that they were who they said they were.
The plane, en route from Tallahassee, was allowed to land about an hour later, and Bush went on to conduct his planned business in Washington.
The fighter jet was sent from Andrews Air Force Base
in Maryland because Bush's plane was approaching restricted airspace around the nation's capital.
'But we realized very quickly there was no threat to the capital, we never did an intercept, and we brought our fighter home,' said Canadian Army Maj. Douglas Martin, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.