An intruder broke into Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews and snuck into the area where the president’s Air Force One planes are kept before being shot at by a base resident on Monday.
The suspect gained access to the base on Monday morning before being spotted inside the hangar that houses a fleet of Air Force One jets and other presidential aircraft. A base resident fired a single shot inside the building before security arrived to arrest him. He is still unidentified.
“Unauthorized access was gained to a JBA housing area by a man. A resident discharged a firearm, security forces responded to apprehend the intruder, and law enforcement is looking into the incident “Joint Base Andrews said in a Twitter statement.
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In Maryland, an unidentified intruder broke into the hangar where Air Force One is kept.
In Maryland, an unidentified intruder broke into the hangar where Air Force One is kept. (iStock)
President Joe Biden addresses the media upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
President Joe Biden addresses the media upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
According to The Associated Press, the hangar also houses Marine One helicopters and a massive “doomsday” plan that could serve as a mobile command center for the president in the event of a major emergency.
Officials have not stated why the man entered the facility, but their investigation is ongoing.
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For decades, US presidents have used Joint Base Andrews as the home of Air Force One. President Biden and others frequently use Marine One to fly from the White House to the Maryland base before taking longer trips on the presidential jet.