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PLANES OVERFLYING RALLIES FOR BUSH FORCED TO LAND

Two small private aircraft violated restricted air space Saturday over two of President Bush's campaign rallies in central Florida, authorities said.

In both incidents, fighter jets escorted the planes to nearby airfields. "The president was never in any danger at either event," said Trent Duffy, White House spokesman.

In Lakeland, a small aircraft flew too close to Bush's rally at Ty Cobb Field and was led to Gilbert Field in Winter Haven, a Secret Service spokesman said.

Later, in Melbourne, an F-15 escorted a plane to Merritt Island Airport near Cocoa Beach, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Pilot Robert Hargrave, 73, was heading south from Georgia to Boca Raton when he violated the 30-mile-wide ring of restricted airspace over the Melbourne rally, authorities said.

Fighter jets dropped flares and made several passes while trying to contact the pilot by radio as he passed the stadium. When the pilot realized he was in restricted airspace, he turned around, flying directly over the stadium.

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