According to a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the United States military sent fighter jets in response to a civilian aircraft that had breached a Temporary Flight Restriction zone in the vicinity of Lake Tahoe, Nevada. This incident occurred when President Joe Biden was on vacation in the area.
In response to a violation by a civilian aircraft at approximately 7:50 a.m. PT on Friday, two F-16s from NORAD and an MH-65 Dolphin from the US Coast Guard were dispatched. According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), military jets deployed flares as a means of attracting the pilot’s notice, then escorting the aircraft away from the designated region.
“During this event, the fighter aircraft dispensed flares – that may have been visible to the public – to gain attention from the pilot,” the NORAD release said. “Flares were employed with the highest regard for safety of the intercepted aircraft and people on the ground. The flares burn out quickly and completely and there is no danger to people on the ground when dispensed.”
According to the White House, “the situation was resolved without incident” and the president was unaffected.
Last year, while Biden was on vacation at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, a like occurrence took place. As a precaution, Joe Biden and Jill Biden, the first lady, were taken out of their Rehoboth Beach home.
The Biden family has spent the past week on vacation at Lake Tahoe.
In its press release, NORAD stated that it employs “a layered defense network of radars, satellites, and fighter aircraft to identify aircraft and determine the appropriate response.”
“The identification and monitoring of aircraft demonstrates how NORAD executes its aerospace warning and aerospace control missions for the United States and Canada,” the release said.
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