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A small plane flew near Biden's beach house in Delaware

President Biden walks down the steps of Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Thursday, June 2, 2022, as he heads to Rehobeth Beach, Del., for the weekend. A small plane flew near the Bidens' beach house.
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President Biden walks down the steps of Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Thursday, June 2, 2022, as he heads to Rehobeth Beach, Del., for the weekend. A small plane flew near the Bidens' beach house.

Updated June 4, 2022 at 2:28 PM ET

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden were evacuated from their beach house in Rehoboth Beach, Del., after a small plane entered restricted airspace nearby.

They have since safely returned with no actual threat apparent, according to the White House.

"A small private plane entered restricted airspace, all indications are by mistake, and precautionary measures were taken. There was no threat to the President or his family," a White House official told the traveling press pool.

Anthony Guglielmi, chief of communications for the U.S. Secret Service, also said the aircraft entered the restricted airspace over Rehoboth by mistake.

"The aircraft was immediately escorted out of the restricted airspace," he said in a statement. "Preliminary investigation reveals the pilot was not on the proper radio channel, was not following the NOTAMS (Notice to Airmen) that had been filed and was not following published flight guidance. The United States Secret Service will be interviewing the pilot."

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Corrected: June 4, 2022 at 11:00 PM CDT
An earlier photo caption in this story misspelled the name of the city Rehoboth Beach, Del.
James Doubek is an associate editor and reporter for NPR. He frequently covers breaking news for NPR.org and NPR's hourly newscast. In 2018, he reported feature stories for NPR's business desk on topics including electric scooters, cryptocurrency, and small business owners who lost out when Amazon made a deal with Apple.