Jets scrambled over Washington after 'unidentified aircraft' reports

White House locked down, jets scrambled over Washington after 'unidentified aircraft' reports
1 min read
26 November, 2019
An unidentified aircraft caused a security scare in Washington, where airspace is tightly controlled by US authorities.
Washington's airspace restrictions were tightened further after 9/11 [Getty]

US jets were scambled on Tuesday after reports of an unidentified aircraft in restricted airspace over Washington forced a brief lockdown in the White House.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement that its jet fighters "are on site and responding."

The plane that allegedly violated the airspace of the US capital city "is not considered hostile at this time," they said.

Washington airspace restrictions were severely tightened after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

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