The White House was placed on lockdown and Capitol Hill evacuated as US Air Force jets scrambled to intercept an ‘unresponsive aircraft’ in the DC area. The all clear was given roughly 30 minutes after the initial emergency.
The White House was placed on lockdown just before 9am local time, amid an emergency which triggered “shelter in place” instructions from security personnel. Many members of the White House press pool were reportedly ordered into a briefing room for a brief period.
The area in the immediate vicinity of the Capitol Building was closed off and the streets cleared by police, according to eyewitnesses at the scene.
Lockdown at the White House. A member of the Secret Service stands guard on Jackson Place near the White House. pic.twitter.com/yhBkS3EJHl
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) November 26, 2019
White House totally on lockdown. All press being sheltered in place inside briefing room. Similar reported response at the a U.S. Capitol + congressional office buildings pic.twitter.com/9GlXpH1qLq
— j.d. durkin (@jiveDurkey) November 26, 2019
The US Northern Command confirmed that fighter jets were scrambled to investigate the threat and re-establish contact, however, it now appears to have been a false alarm due to a small aircraft failing to make appropriate contact with air traffic controllers after entering restricted airspace.
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