Plane forced down at Owens Field in Air Nat’l Guard training exercise

Richland County Sheriff’s DepartmentSeptember 12, 2013 

— A drama unfolded over the skies of Columbia today when a SC Air National Guard pilot spotted a suspicious plane, swooped in with his jet fighter and forced the twin-engine craft to land at Owens Field south of Rosewood Drive.

While the interdiction really happened, the criminal intent was not for real. The South Carolina Air National Guard along with members of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, was participating in a exercise to practice what to do if National Guard pilots have to stop intercept a plane involved in criminal activity.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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