August 18, 2010 by staff
King 5, military fighter jets scrambled to respond to a violation of air space around Air Force One in Seattle, causing sonic booms were heard across western Washington.
North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman John Cornelius said the F15 aircraft were sent from Portland, Oregon, as the president was visiting Seattle after a report that an aircraft violated the restricted airspace. He said the plane left the restricted area of the Air National Guard planes arrived.
The pilot landed in Lake Washington in Kenmore and was greeted by Secret Service agents. He and his passenger were returning home after a weekend at Lake Chelan. They reported seeing the planes as they flew from Seattle area and the mountains.
Once the plane landed the pilot and his passenger were interviewed by the Secret Service.
When the president is visiting is a radius of 10 miles from downtown Seattle and up to 18,000 feet, where it is to fly commercial aircraft. Extended another 20 miles, to be a radius of 30 miles, there can be private air traffic if the driver has a legitimate flight plan, if that person is in contact with air traffic control and if that person has the aircraft transponder on.
There is no system to notify private pilots about the airspace restrictions. It is incumbent on them to check to see if the restrictions are in place.
911 overloaded call centers
emergency agencies across Western Washington were flooded with calls from people who heard and felt a boom double on 13:50
Det. Ed Troyer with the Sheriff’s Department Pierce Co. said the system was down 911 through landlines in the Pierce County area for a while and the car alarms for home and broke his arms.
KING 5 News was flooded with calls and emails from people who heard and felt the explosions. Many people reported that their houses shook.
The Office of the King County Sheriff reported that about 300 calls came in the 911 center.
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