Biden evacuated from his home beach after the plane entered limited airspace
WASHINGTON – President Biden was briefly evacuated Saturday from his beach house in Rehoboth Beach, Del., After a small private plane accidentally flew into limited airspace, according to White House and intelligence officials.
Mr. Biden arrived at Rehoboth Beach on Thursday evening and is expected to return to the White House on Sunday. Officials said the president was in no danger during the incident.
A White House official told reporters that Mr. Biden and the first lady were briefly evacuated and then returned to their residence.
“A small private plane has entered limited airspace, all indications are in error and precautionary measures have been taken,” the official said. “There was no threat to the president or his family.”
Steve Kopek, a secret service spokesperson, said the plane entered limited airspace shortly before 1pm on Saturday.
“The plane was immediately escorted out of the limited airspace,” Kopek said in a statement. He didn’t give more details, but several people in the area tweeted that they saw two military jets flying overhead at the same time.
Officials did not provide details on Mr. Biden’s evacuation. But there were public reports that his motorcade was seen entering a local fire station on Saturday afternoon, and then leaving the station about half an hour later. Rehoboth Avenue, a major commercial thoroughfare, was closed for a short time, people said on Twitter.
Officials only said precautions were taken.
Mr. Kopek said it appeared that the pilot of the small plane was unaware of the President’s presence in Delaware and the resulting airspace restrictions.
“Preliminary investigations reveal that the pilot was not on the correct radio channel, was not following the NOTAMS (Notice to Airmen) that had been filed and was not following the published flight guide,” he said in the statement. “The United States Secret Service will interview the pilot.”
Mr. Biden owns a $ 2.7 million beach house in North Shores, an affluent neighborhood a mile north of the city. He bought the house in 2017 and often uses it for holidays and short weekend visits.