A North American Aerospace Defense Command fighter craft and helicopter scrambled to intercept a civilian aircraft that had flown into restricted airspace over President Biden’s Delaware home, where he is staying this weekend.
The fighter craft and MH-65 swooped in around 2:25 p.m. Saturday and escorted the craft to the ground, NORAD officials told the Delaware News Journal.
The NORAD jet shot off flares in order to flag down the civilian craft’s pilot, which, while harmless, may have been visible to concerned people on the ground, the defense organization said.
The Secret Service said the response was simply “a precaution.”
“Assets were scrambled to intercept and the civilian aircraft safely landed at a nearby airport,” the agency told The Post in a statement.
“There were no impacts to the protectee’s movements as a result of this incident and agents from the US Secret Service are investigating in coordination with the FAA,” the Secret Service said.
Biden retreated from the White House back to his home in Greenville on Friday.
After the incident, the president was spotted attending afternoon mass at St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine Catholic Church.