Investigators are probing a private plane that flew closer than permitted to Air Force One, while flying over Florida.
According to Bloomberg, a private plane flew about two nautical miles from Air Force One over Florida, which is closer than the permitted distance. Planes under supervision from air traffic controllers must stay at least 3 nautical miles from each other at lower altitudes, and 5 nautical miles apart from each other at higher altitudes.
According to Fox News, Secret Service agents monitor for threats with the help of FAA supervisors during flights on Air Force One. Other flights are often diverted or halted in order to create a safe flight path for Air Force One.
All turbine-power aircraft are equipped with devices that can detect and track other aircraft in order to determine safe routes and issue warnings to prevent collisions.
President Trump was flying to Palm Beach International Airport on Friday, February 3, when the incident occurred roughly 30 miles from the airport. The president safely arrived at about 4:30 p.m.
According to Bloomberg, the Federal Aviation Administration, or the FAA, is investigating the incident involving Air Force One. The administration declined to comment on the investigation, however.
President Trump was in Palm Beach visiting his Mar-a-Lago Club, according to the Palm Beach Post. He left on February 6 after spending the weekend at his golf club. After leaving Palm Beach, the president reportedly flew to Tampa, Florida, to meet with Gov. Rick Scott and military leaders, before returning to Washington, D.C.
Sources: Bloomberg, Fox News, Palm Beach Post / Photo Credit: Whitehouse.gov