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F-16s intercept plane flown by ex-Arizona lawmaker

Authorities say a small plane owned by a former state lawmaker was intercepted by F-16 fighters for flying without a flight plan near the Arizona-Mexico border.

Peter Goudinoff says he was looking at wildfire damage near Sierra Vista and may have entered into Mexican airspace by mistake Friday. He says he lost contact with radar personnel at Libby Army Airfield near Fort Huachuca.

Two fighter jets from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base escorted Goudinoff’s plane out of the area until it landed at Tucson International Airport.

Officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Aviation Administration interviewed Goudinoff, but he wasn’t arrested.

The Arizona Daily Star says Goudinoff is a retired University of Arizona professor who served in the state Legislature for 20 years.

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