August 23, 2005

Two planes fly into restricted zone at Bush resort

DONNELLY, Idaho (Reuters) - In separate incidents, two
small planes wandered into restricted air space over the Idaho
resort where President Bush is staying, but he was never in
danger, the White House said on Tuesday.

The planes committed a "minor violation of temporary flight
restrictions" put in place to protect the president, White
House spokesman Trent Duffy told reporters.

"The president was never in any danger and the systems
designed to protect him worked effectively," Duffy said.

Duffy said the planes were directed to land, both pilots
were questioned by local law enforcement and Secret Service
agents and released.

The White House spokesman said the matter was referred to
the Federal Aviation Administration for any administrative

The FAA would be responsible for any sanctions or
license-revocation issues that might arise in connection with
the incidents.

In a break from his month-long Texas vacation, Bush is
staying at Tamarack Resort in the Idaho mountains 90 miles

north of Boise. Bush, who has sought to counter anti-war
protesters and sagging public opinion about the war in Iraq, is
scheduled to deliver a speech and meet with a group of military
families on Wednesday in Idaho.

Bush went fishing for "a couple of hours," Duffy said.