Palm Beach County may be experiencing a little more “excitement” than it would like now that President Trump will be frequently visiting Mar-a-Lago, the luxurious private club that’s also his Palm Beach residence.His frequent trips to the area in Air Force One affect flight patterns and private jet schedules, forcing other well-heeled residents to make other plans.
However, yesterday it got a wee bit hairy as F-15 jets sonic-boomed across the sky to intercept an “unresponsive aircraft in the area.Fox News reports, Two F-15s caused a ‘sonic boom’ as they raced from their base in Homestead, Fla., Friday to intercept an unresponsive general aviation aircraft that flew near Palm Beach during a stay by President Trump at Mar-a-Lago.
“The intent of military intercepts is to have the identified aircraft re-establish communications with local FAA air traffic controllers and instruct the pilot to follow air traffic controllers’ instructions to land safely for follow-on action,” the statement read.
The jets flew at supersonic speeds and residents were startled by the loud boom, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, said in a statement. The two fighters were able to establish communication with the aircraft. This incident occurred at about 7 p.m. ET. No further details were immediately available.Well that’s creepy.
An unmanned drone? Somebody’s Amazon delivery of toilet paper and dog food? We don’t yet know, but unfortunately, it seems a good bet this won’t be the last time residents of the neighborhood will find their peace disturbed.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]