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Man detained after breaching plane at Joint Base Andrews, home to Air Force One

The military and the Office of Inspector General are now conducting investigations.

Updated: February 6, 2021 - 9:32pm

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A man gained access Thursday to an aircraft on Joint Base Andrews that is part of a fleet frequently used by senior U.S. government leaders, according to officials.

The man gained unauthorized access to a C-40 aircraft assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing, which employs the planes typically used by the president as Air Force One and others used to fly the vice president and Cabinet members, according to CNN.

The Defense Department told the news outlet the breached plane is not part of the presidential fleet. However, the incident occurred hours before President Biden was set to fly from the base to home state Delaware for the weekend. 

The man was given a federal summons for trespassing and turned over to local law enforcement, according to CNN. He reportedly has two outstanding warrants, but there is so far no indication he is connected to an extremist group, officials also said.

The base is in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C., and about 10 miles from the White House.

The Air Force will conduct a review on the incident, and the military branch’s inspector general has been directed to investigate the incident, officials said.

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