Plane Got too Close to Air Force One

An aircraft in Florida flew closer than it should have to Air Force One on Friday. The plane, which sources say was flying parallel to Air Force One as it approached Palm Beach, should have maintained a separation of at least three nautical miles from President Trump’s plane, which was en route to his Mar-a-Lago estate for the weekend.

The incident occurred on Feb. 3, and there was no risk of collision. President Trump arrived safely at Palm Beach International Airport. The incident occurred about 30 miles out.

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The report said that when Air Force One is in flight, Secret Service agents work with FAA supervisors and monitor for threats.

Air Force One is unlike most aircraft. It can be refueled in the air and, with an unlimited range, can take the president wherever he needs to go.

Its electrical systems are hardened to protect against an electromagnetic pulse, and the plane has advanced, secure communications equipment that will allow it to function as mobile command center in the event of an attack on the United States, according to the White House.

The president and most of those who fly with him enjoy 4,000 square feet of floor space on three levels, including a suite for the president with an office and a conference room.

Trump flew to Palm Beach International Airport on Friday, arriving at about 4:30 p.m. local time.

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A so-called "loss of separation" can be caused by a controller error or a pilot mistake. All turbine-power aircraft, including the Boeing Co. 747 that normally carries the president, are equipped with devices that track other aircraft and issue warnings to prevent mid-air collisions.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which declined to comment in an e-mailed statement, is investigating. The National Transportation Safety Board, which has authority to examine aviation incidents, has also been notified.