White House briefly put on lockdown after airspace violation

Michael Candelori

The White House was put on lockdown after a small aircraft violated the restricted airspace in Washington DC. Fighter jets were scrambled for an interception.

An unauthorized aircraft had entered the airspace near the White House. Communication with the plane was impossible, forcing the residence of President Donald Trump and the Capitol to be put in a state of emergency. On Twitter, journalists reported taking shelter inside the briefing room of the White House. The surrounding areas were evacuated.

Thirty minutes later, the lockdown was lifted, after it was determined that the small plane was not hostile, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

The NORAD is a bi-national organization in charge of defending the airspaces of the United States of America and Canada. It is in charge of Operation Noble Eagle which has been established in the wake of September 11, 2001, and has conducted about 1,900 interceptions since then.


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