Tuesday, November 26 2019
The White House and surrounding area were on lockdown for about half an hour Tuesday morning after an aircraft entered restricted airspace in the Washington area.
The event caused senior national security officials across the agencies to convene to coordinate and monitor the situation, according to a U.S. defense official, and aircraft have been deployed to monitor the situation, U.S. Northern Command tweeted.
"Our jet fighters are on site and responding. Plane is not considered hostile at this time," the North American Aerospace Defense Command tweeted.
"Senior officials across the interagency are monitoring the situation on a national event conference call. NORAD aircraft are on-site and responding," Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon spokesman, told CNN.
The White House lockdown has been lifted.
Two U.S. Capitol Police sources said the situation is being classified as an "aircon," which is an as yet unidentified incoming aircraft.
The U.S. Capitol Police have also given an all-clear to the Capitol Hill complex, according to two U.S. Capitol Police sources.
Law enforcement officials told NBC News that fighter jets were scrambled.
Several staff and reporters tweeted that they were unable to get in or out of the White House during the lockdown.