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Plane Flies Too Close to Air Force One During Trump's Trip to Mar-a-Lago

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The presidential plane, Air Force One, takes off at Torrejon de Ardoz airport on July 10, 2016. (Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 09 Feb 2017 01:53 PM

A plane is under investigation after reportedly flying too close to Air Force One on Friday.

A private plane, which was traveling parallel to President Donald Trump's Air Force One during a trip to Florida on Friday, is at the center of a probe after it came within 2 nautical miles of the Boeing Co. 747, according to Bloomberg. There was never a risk of collision, sources said.

Aircraft under air-traffic control are supposed to stay at least 3 nautical miles away from each other when flying at low altitudes, and 5 nautical miles apart when cruising higher up.

Though Trump landed safely at Palm Beach International Airport Friday afternoon, authorities are serious about the probe, as the Secret Service and Federal Aviation Administration are constantly working to detect threats when the president's plane is in flight.

Pilots and controllers who were on duty at the time of the incident are expected to be interviewed by U.S. aviation investigators as they search for answers as to why the planes came so close, ABC News reported, adding that one source said the "two aircraft made visual contact with one another."

According to RT, flights that may infringe on Air Force One's space requirements are often delayed or diverted.

Trump was traveling to his Mar-a-Lago Club on Friday in what marked his first trip there since the president was sworn into office on January 20.

Air Force One is not your normal aircraft, as it’s fully equipped to cater to the president and any others along for the ride. The aircraft has three levels and 4,000 square feet of space in tota, according to Fox News.

There’s also a presidential suite and conference room onboard the aircraft. It also has the ability to refuel mid-flight when necessary.

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