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US scrambles fighter jets over Washington after small plane violates airspace

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The US Air Force scrambled jets 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.

The US Capitol and its office buildings were briefly evacuated as a precaution and lasted about half an hour.

The US Secret Service says personnel at the White House were told to remain in place.

Capitol Police sent a notification of a potential threat shortly after 8:30 a.m., and the evacuations were ordered. People were allowed back in after about 30 minutes.

- With Agencies