HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – For the third time in less than 24 hours, United States military aircraft forced a small single-engine plane to land at Central New Jersey Airport Saturday morning after it violated the airspace security zone in place for President Donald Trump’s weekend visit to his golf club in Bedminister.
Two Air Force F-16 fighter jets and a Coast Guard helicopter were scrambled by the North American Aerospace Defense Command when the plane was detected on radarng. Hillsborough police were called to the airport, located at 1034 Millstone River Road.
The same procedure was followed on Friday night in two separate incidents at 7:30 p.m. and again at 8 p.m., involving two different private planes, which both violated the Temporary Flight Restriction zone designated for each time Trump visits New Jersey.
Once the F-16s established contact with the pilots, the planes left the TFR without further incident.
The NAADC had issued a VIP Movement Notification to local airports and pilots with flight restrictions from Friday at 5 p.m. to Sunday at 5:45 p.m.
Air Force One with the president and his entourage onboard landed at Morristown Airport Friday at 4:45 p.m. Marine One, escorted by other helicopters, ferried Trump to the golf course, landing at 5 p.m.
Similar incidents have occurred in the past, the most recent on July 22 when the President spent the weekend in Bedminster.
Trump has visited the private golf club three times this summer, and for the third year in a row, will spend a 10-day summer vacation there Aug. 8-18.
The TFR no-fly zone will be in effect during those 10 days.