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 Secret Service offered a summary of the incident.
“Shortly before 1 p.m. today a privately owned aircraft entered the restricted airspace over Rehoboth Delaware after mistakenly entering a secured area,” Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement, according to CNN.
“The aircraft was immediately escorted out of the restricted airspace,” he said.
The pilot, the statement said, had made a major error.
“Preliminary investigation reveals the pilot was not on the proper radio channel, was not following the NOTAMS (Notice to Airmen) that had been filed and was not following published flight guidance,” the statement said.
The Secret Service is taking a direct interest in the matter. Source