The incident began at 11:28 a.m., when Federal Aviation Administration radar picked up the aircraft, a small two-seater Cessna 150 with high wings. The aircraft breached the security zone over Washington, prompting alerts across the city.
Gainer said the first alert went out when the plane was 21 miles 17 minutes from the city.
Two Black Hawk helicopters were dispatched at 11:55 a.m. from Reagan National Airport, according to an FAA official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The plane was also approached by two F-16 fighter aircraft, scrambled from Andrews Air Force Base. They fired four warning flares. The military aircraft escorted the plane to the Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Md.
The “Yankee” expresses some dissatisfaction the pilot and his student were only questioned and released and I tend to agree. Think about the stories the poor student has to tell now. Blackhawk choppers, F-16’s, it’s the stuff of Blue Thunder and Top Gun.
Not to mention the bunched up, stinkin’, smelly briefs these two were wearing after being forced to the ground by two of the world’s best fighter aircraft!
UPDATE: J. Quinton adds to the story with possible evidence the plane was stolen.