The pilot whose plane triggered an emergency evacuation of President Joe Biden on Saturday was not following a flight plan at the time of the incident, officials said, according to news reports.
The president and first lady, Jill Biden, were hustled off to a fire station shortly before 1 p.m. after a small, white private plane was seen above Biden’s beach house, according to CBS.
Because Biden was vacationing in Delaware, airspace over his Rehoboth Beach house is restricted for the duration of his stay.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command said the Cessna 172 aircraft was not following a flight plan, according to NBC.
NORAD further said that the pilot of the plan was not in radio contact with any air traffic controllers, NBC reported.
Two F-15 fighter jets and an MH-65 helicopter were sent aloft, according to NBC.
The jets made visual contact with the plane and escorted it out of the restricted airspace.
The jets stayed with the plane until it landed at a local airport.
According to CBS, the plane landed at 1:11 p.m., roughly 20 minutes after it was spotted.
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