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    NORAD Scrambled 2 F-16 Fighter Jets to Flag Down an Aircraft That Got Too Close to Biden’s Vacation Spot

    NORAD Scrambled 2 F-16 Fighter Jets to Flag Down an Aircraft That Got Too Close to Biden's Vacation Spot

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    North American Aerospace Defense Command () fighter jets intercepted a civilian aircraft that wandered into the airspace near Lake Tahoe, where President Joe Biden and Jill Biden are vacationing, on Friday.

    The crews of two F-16s fired flares to catch the civilian pilot's attention and escorted it out of the temporarily restricted airspace without an incident, NORAD said in a statement.

    A Coast Guard helicopter helped with the intercept, which happened Friday morning West Coast time. No information about the civilian aircraft or its pilot was released.

    Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on X, the site formerly known as Twitter, that the incursion was “not of protective interest” and had no impact on Secret Service operations.

    White House principal deputy press secretary Olivia Dalton added there also was no impact on the president.

    Biden is due to fly back to on Saturday after a week of vacation with his family in California's Lake Tahoe region.

    It's the second time in just a few months that NORAD, a bilateral command tasked with defending the US and , has had to scramble fighters to intercept a civilian plane that entered restricted airspace within the United States.

    In June, a NORAD jet intercepted a civilian plane that flew over Washington, DC, and later crashed in Virginia, causing a loud boom heard in the area.

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