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Military escorts a plane to Fredericksburg following air scare

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The coast guard intercepted a plane near Washington, D.C. Thursday night.

The military discovered the plane entered restricted air space around D.C. That's when they moved in.

The military sent a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to that plane. It then escorted it to Stafford Regional Airport in Fredericksburg.

Law enforcement officers then went to the airport to meet the pilot.

At this point there are many questions still unanswered. The military is trying to figure out why the pilot flew into that restricted airspace. This restricted airspace in the D.C. area is called the Air Defense Identification Zone.

It was established back in 2003 as a temporary measure to prevent attacks similar to September 11th. It became permanent in 2008. 

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