Presidential plane alert

A small plane was forced to land at an airport after possibly flying into restricted airspace during President George W Bush’s visit to the Miami area, officials said.

A small plane was forced to land at an airport after possibly flying into restricted airspace during President George W Bush’s visit to the Miami area, officials said.

Secret Service agents were interviewing two men who were aboard the plane that landed on Friday night at Opa-Locka Airport just north of Miami, said Miami-Dade County police spokesman Randy Rossman.

The Federal Aviation Administration was “investigating an alleged violation of the presidential temporary flight restriction that occurred this evening,” agency spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.

She had no further details on the alleged intrusion, but said most non-commercial planes are not permitted to fly within a radius of 10 nautical miles (18.5 kilometres) of where the president is.

Bush was in the Miami suburb of Coral Gables to attend a fund-raiser. Air Force One left Miami around 7.30pm (local time).

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