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Officials weighed shooting at errant plane

When the alarm sounded at Andrews Air Force Base, Lt. Col. Tim Lehmann abandoned his lunch, sprinted toward the runway and jumped into one of the two waiting F-16 fighter jets. He had no idea how close he’d come to shooting down a small plane headed straight for the White House. He didn’t have details about the plane — the “target of interest” in fighter pilot lingo. But he’d practiced the scramble some 25-30 times and he’d intercepted about a dozen aircraft that strayed into restricted airspace since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Full Story

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