Washington - US President Joe Biden was evacuated today from his home in Delaware, where he was on vacation after a small private plane entered the forbidden airspace around that facility, the White House and the US Secret Service announced.
The White House states that there was no threat to Biden and his family and that precautionary measures were taken. After the situation was assessed, Biden and his wife Jill returned to their house, reports AP. The Secret Service announced that the plane was urgently sent out of the forbidden airspace after it entered it by mistake.
The agency announced that it would interrogate the pilot, who, according to the preliminary results of the investigation, was not on the appropriate radio channel and did not respect the road plan. According to the standard procedure, when the president travels outside Washington, the Federal Aviation Administration announces restrictions on flights a week before his trip.
Restrictions include a no-fly zone within a radius of 10 miles (about 16 kilometers) within a limited 30-mile zone (about 48 kilometers). A CBS News reporter said on Twitter that he saw Biden motorcading to a Rehoboth Beach fire station.
The reporters who traveled with the president were not part of the motorcade.
Accidental airspace breaches around temporarily restricted zone are common
Federal regulations require pilots to check for flight restrictions along their route before taking off.
Still, accidental airspace breaches, particularly around temporarily restricted zones, are common. 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. The report was issued just before 1:49 p.m. and nearly three minutes later, a White House official reported that the pair were evacuated and were back at their residence.
Late last year, security was tightened at the presidential vacation home in the town’s North Shores neighborhood when a contract was issued for a $455,000 security fence around the property, the Cape Gazette — a newspaper serving the area — reported on Oct.
21, 2021. The Bidens purchased the 4,786-square-foot home in 2017 for $2.74 million, according to a Fox Business report. The 0.34-acre property boats a stone patio, fireplace, summer kitchen, outdoor showers, a dog wash and an in-ground pool, according to the report.