Flashback! Airspace Violation!

Damn, I can’t even remember the last time somebody forgot to check their instruments and GPS and somehow flew into the No-Fly Zone around the DC area. Two F-16s diverted the Cessna to the Leesburg airport at 1pm this afternoon after they flew just a little bit into the NFZ that surrounds the area. Apparently, though, there were 346 violations in 2007, which is waaaaay more than I thought there were.

I have a feeling that shooting just one little plane out of the sky would go a long way to making that number a lot closer to zero.

Probably illegal though.

1 Comment so far

  1. redryder on March 20th, 2008 @ 10:08 am

    It’s especially a pain if you work on Capitol Hill, as I did a few years back, and they evacuate you every time.

    There’s an outer "Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ)" which aircraft aren’t supposed to enter without filing a flight plan and complying with other restrictions. I can understand straying into that, and maybe even those who comply with ADIZ rules straying into the No-Fly Zone. However, there have been planes that stray into the ADIZ and then continue all the way to the No-Fly Zone. There’s no excuse for that. I agree, one surface-to-air missile would probably teach pilots a healthy respect for watching the freakin’ GPS!

    As to whether it’s legal: this would be military action under the Bush administration in a post-9/11 world! What’s law got to do with it?

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