Capitol evacuated briefly after airspace violation


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Capitol Police said the Capitol and surrounding office buildings were briefly evacuated after a small airplane entered restricted airspace over Washington.

The evacuation was ordered about 1:30 p.m. EST Saturday. A Capitol Police spokeswoman said the pilot of the aircraft did not immediately communicate after it flew into restricted space, and that’s what led to the evacuation.

The alert was lifted about 2 p.m. after the pilot began communicating, and visitors and staff were allowed back into the buildings.

 

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