US President Joe Biden evacuated as plane enters airspace near beach house

US President Joe Biden and the first lady were evacuated from their vacation home after a small private jet accidentally entered restricted airspace, the White House and the Secret Service said.

The White House said there was no threat to Mr. Biden or his wife, Jill, returning to their home in Delaware’s Rehoboth Beach after the situation was assessed.

The plane was immediately escorted out of restricted airspace after it “accidentally entered a secure area,” the intelligence agency said.

The agency said it will interview the pilot who, according to a preliminary investigation, was not on the correct radio channel or following published flight guidance.

As is common for presidential travel outside of Washington, the Federal Aviation Administration released flight restrictions earlier this week ahead of Mr. Biden’s beach town visit.

The restrictions include a no-fly zone with a 10-mile radius within a 30-mile restricted area.

A CBS News reporter said on Twitter that he saw Biden driving to a fire station in Rehoboth Beach.

The group of reporters traveling with the president were not part of the motorcade.

Federal regulations require pilots to check for flight restrictions on their route before takeoff.

Nevertheless, accidental airspace violations, especially around temporary restricted zones, are common.

US military jets and coast guard helicopters are often used to intercept aircraft violating flight restrictions around the president.

Intercepted aircraft are diverted to a nearby airport where aircrews are interviewed and possible criminal or civil penalties are imposed.

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