President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, were hastily evacuated from their Delaware beach home on Saturday after a small plane flew through the restricted airspace above.
No warning was given before the plane flew over the town of Rehoboth Beach “after mistakenly entering a secure area”. A declaration from Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi detailed.
“The plane was immediately escorted out of restricted airspace,” Guglielmi said, according to UPI. He further clarified:
Preliminary investigation reveals that the pilot was not on the correct radio channel, was not following NOTAMS (Notices to Airmen) that had been filed, and was not following published flight instructions.
The United States Secret Service will interview the pilot.
The President was taken by motorcade to the Rehoboth Fire Station and his SUV entered the building as the Secret Service cleared the area.
As Breitbart News reported, Biden left Washington, DC, on Thursday for his beachside retreat.
It is the president’s second trip to the beach in 2022 after spending a weekend there in March before his trip to Europe. He visited his beach house four more times during his first year as president.
The bad news for President Joe Biden piled up just after he left the White House early Friday for a long weekend at the beach. https://t.co/4GHD3zFoy5
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 17, 2021
Federal regulations require pilots to check flight restrictions along their route before taking off, according to AP. Even so, accidental airspace violations are not uncommon, particularly around temporary restricted areas.
Restrictions include a 10-mile radius no-fly zone contained within a 30-mile restricted zone.
US military jets and Coast Guard helicopters are often used to intercept any aircraft that violate flight restrictions around the president.
Intercepted planes are diverted to a nearby airfield where the crews are questioned by law enforcement and risk criminal or civil penalties.
The Biden family bought their beach house for $2.74 million in 2017, but have already planned to alter the property for security reasons.
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