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12 Planes Violated Air Space Over Mar-a-Lago During Trump's Stay

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Marine One, center, carrying President Donald Trump arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Trump is visiting Boeing South Carolina to see the Boeing 787 Dreamliner befores heading to his estate Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., for the weekend. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 09:08 AM

At least 12 planes violated air space restrictions over Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida, while the president was there last weekend, The Palm Post reported.

Four of the planes were intercepted by F-15s from Homestead Air National Guard Base, according to the Post.

In one incident, two of the military aircraft needed less than 14 minutes to fly the estimated 75 miles from Homestead, south of Miami — requiring the jets to fly at supersonic speeds.

In another incident, an unauthorized plane was met with a military helicopter.

The FAA said it is currently investigating each incident, which could take weeks or months, the newspaper reported.

"The FAA will investigate each incident and will take appropriate enforcement action. the agency said in a statement. "The FAA also will continue to conduct outreach to educate local pilots about the restrictions."

Pilots not having radios tuned in is the cause of most flight-restriction violations, said Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

"Air traffic control says, 'Hey, we can't reach this guy,'" he said.

Marsh said a military jet going more than 700 mph with armaments is usually enough to the get a pilot's attention and spark radio contact, the Post reported.

"If I was a pilot up there and I saw that come up around me, I would definitely try to find out what's going on," he said.

In the incident, which required the jets to fly at supersonic speeds, nearby residents heard a sonic boom — prompting them to flood 911 emergency lines after they mistakenly thought it was an explosion, ABC News reported.

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