WASHINGTON – President Biden was briefly evacuated from his beach home in Rehoboth Beach, Dale, on Saturday after a small private plane crashed into limited airspace, according to White House and Secret Service officials.
Mr Biden arrived in Rehoboth Beach on Thursday evening and is scheduled to return to the White House on Sunday. Officials said the president was not in danger at the time of the incident.
A White House official told reporters that Mr. Biden and the first lady were briefly evacuated and then returned to their homes.
“A small private jet entered the limited airspace, all indications were mistaken, and precautionary measures were taken,” the official said. “There was no threat to the president or his family.”
Secret Service spokesman Steve Kopek said the plane entered limited airspace shortly before 1pm on Saturday.
“The plane was immediately brought out of the confined space,” Mr Kopek said in a statement. He did not provide further details, but several people in the area tweeted that they had seen two military jets flying at the same time.
Officials did not provide details about Mr Biden’s removal. But there were public reports that his motor vehicle was seen driving to a local fire station on Saturday afternoon, and then left the station about half an hour later. Rehoboth Avenue, a major commercial artery, was briefly closed, people said on Twitter.
Officials said they were just cautious.
Mr Kopek said the pilot of the small plane appeared to be unaware of the president’s presence in Delaware and the accompanying airspace restrictions.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the pilot was not on the correct radio channel, notams (notice to airmen) that was filed and did not follow published flight guidelines,” he said in a statement. “The US Secret Service will interview the pilot.”
Mr. Biden owns a বাড়ির 2.7 million beach house in North Shores, a wealthy area one mile north of town. He bought the house in 2017 and often uses it for vacations and short trips on weekends.