May 22, 2007
Plane in Restricted Area at Space Center
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A pilot in a single-engine plane entered restricted air space over the Kennedy Space Center and was escorted down Tuesday, officials said. The incident did not disrupt the planned launch of space shuttle Atlantis next month.
The plane "was within sight of the launch pad," said NASA spokesman George Diller.
"He clearly should have known," Diller said.
A sheriff's office helicopter from Volusia County escorted the plane down to the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport, where it was searched for explosives and drugs, said sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson. Nothing suspicious was detected, he said.
The pilot wasn't immediately identified. He was being interviewed by FBI agents and hadn't been taken into custody by midday, Davidson said.