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NEW: More airspace violations with Trump’s weekend visit

Pilots continue to violate restricted airspace when President Donald Trump visits his part-time Palm Beach home.

Seven aircraft breached the Federal Aviation Administration’s temporary flight restrictions that were in effect from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon for Trump’s most recent stay at Mar-a-Lago, the FAA said Monday.

Of those, only one prompted a response from fighter jets: Two F-15E aircraft and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter were sent to intercept a small Cessna that “was not in radio contact,” said a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD.

In flying to meet the aircraft about 5 p.m. Saturday, the jets did not have to break the sound barrier as they have once in the past, the NORAD spokesman said.

That violation — which happened Feb. 17, soon after Trump had arrived in Palm Beach to spend Presidents Day weekend at what he has called his “southern White House” — forced NORAD to scramble two F-15 jets at supersonic speeds to head off a plane whose pilot was not responding to orders to leave the area.

The ensuing sonic boom was heard throughout eastern Palm Beach and Broward counties, rattling windows and cueing calls to law enforcement. It also drew international attention after the fighter jets’ intercession was widely reported as the cause of the nerve-rattling sonic boom.

Seven is fewer than the 14 planes that violated airspace restrictions on Trump’s Presidents Day weekend trip, Feb. 17-20. But the number still is up from the previous visit, March 3-5, when there were only four airspace violations and no interceptions.

The FAA said it will investigate each of this weekend’s incidents, and continue to hold education outreach events for local pilots.

A look at airspace violations over Palm Beach for each of Trump’s visits since he took office:

• Feb. 3-5: 10 violations

• Feb. 10-12: three violations

• Feb. 17-20: 14 violations

• March 3-5: four violations

• March 17-19: seven violations

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