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Civilian pilot strays into restricted air space over Washington

The U.S. Air Force sent two F-16 jet fighters to intercept a civilian plane that had strayed into restricted air space over Washington, D.C., at about 8:30 p.m. Monday. The military planes, based at Andrews Air Force Base, escorted the smaller craft until the pilot landed at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration was unable to communicate with the pilot, the sole occupant of the Beechcraft 58 aircraft, a small, twin-engine plane. FAA alerted the North American Aerospace Defense Command, officials said.

"We had a pilot out of communication who wandered into the National Capitol Region over the D.C. area, which is...