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Mysterious sonic booms near Seattle caused after violation of Obama airspace

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The military scrambled fighter jets, and the two sonic booms from the Air National Guard F-15s startled many people throughout the Puget Sound area.

The Cessna 180 float plane was flying to a seaplane base on Lake Washington, next to Seattle, from Lake Chelan, in eastern Washington, said Laura Joseph, a passenger on the plane from Normandy Park. She told The Associated Press that neither she nor the pilot, Lee Daily, knew about Mr Obama’s visit or the air restrictions that accompany such a high-profile trip.

The Secret Service interviewed Mr Daily after he landed at Kenmore Air on the north end of the lake, which had been shut down for the duration of the presidential campaign stop on Tuesday.

John Cornelio, North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman, said the civilian aircraft had left the restricted area before the two jets arrived from the Portland, Oregon-based 142nd Fighter Wing and that there was no intercept. He confirmed the jets produced the sonic booms.

Miss Joseph said she saw an F-15 outside the window as the plane approached Seattle.

“I saw a jet, just a white jet going by,” she said. “I thought it was kind of odd to see a military jet.”

The fighter only passed by the float plane once and didn’t take any other action, she said.

She added that she and Daily didn’t know anything was wrong until they landed and were told they had to talk to the Secret Service.

Mr Obama was in Seattle to stump for Sen Patty Murray on a three-day campaign swing for endangered Democrats.

Air Force One was on the ground at King County International Airport/Boeing Field in south Seattle at the time of the incident shortly after 1:30 pm local time. The president’s plane departed Seattle at 3:47.

The two sharp booms, a few seconds apart, rattled windows in Seattle. Fire and police officials throughout the region said they were swamped with calls.

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