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Biden rushed to safe house in Delaware after unauthorized plane violates airspace

By Shefali Kohli -- June 05, 2022 8:20 am -- Updated:June 05, 2022 9:21 am

Rehoboth Beach, United States, June 5:

A small private airplane mistakenly entered restricted airspace near President Joe Biden's Delaware vacation home on Saturday, prompting the brief evacuation of the president and first lady, the White House and the Secret Service said.

According to the officials of White House said there was no threat to the Biden or his family and that precautionary measures were taken. After the situation was assessed, Biden and his wife, Jill, returned to their Rehoboth Beach home.

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The Secret Service also stated that there was immediately escorted from the restricted airspace after “mistakenly entering a secured area.” The agency said it would interview the pilot who, according to a preliminary investigation, was not on the proper radio channel and was not following published flight guidance.

“The President and the First Lady are safe and there was not an attack," a White House official said of the incident in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which is about 200 km (120 miles) east of Washington.

Biden and First Lady Jill Biden later returned to their residence, the official said.

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Federal regulations require pilots to check for flight restrictions along their route before taking off. Still, accidental airspace breaches, particularly around temporary restricted zones, are common.

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U.S. military jets and Coast Guard helicopters are often used to intercept any planes that violate the flight restrictions around the president. Intercepted planes are diverted to a nearby airfield where aircrews are interviewed by law enforcement and face potential criminal or civil penalties.

-PTC News


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