Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is a city on the Atlantic Ocean.
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A small private plane mistakenly entered restricted airspace near President Joe Biden’s vacation home in Delaware on Saturday, prompting the brief evacuation of the president and first lady, the White House and the Secret Service said. .
The White House said there was no threat to Biden or his family and precautionary measures had been taken. After the situation was assessed, Biden and his wife, Jill, returned to their Rehoboth Beach home.
The Secret Service said in a statement that the plane was immediately escorted out of restricted airspace after “erroneously entering a secure area”. The agency said it would interview the pilot who, according to a preliminary investigation, was not on the correct radio channel and not following published flight instructions.
As is standard practice for presidential travel outside of Washington, the Federal Aviation Administration issued flight restrictions earlier this week ahead of Biden’s visit to the beach town. Restrictions include a 10-mile radius no-fly zone contained within a 30-mile restricted zone.
A CBS News reporter said on Twitter that he saw Biden going to a fire station in Rehoboth Beach. The group of journalists traveling with the president was not part of the procession.
Federal regulations require pilots to check for flight restrictions along their route before taking off. Yet accidental airspace violations, particularly around temporary restricted areas, are common.
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.