Another Airplane Strays Over U.S. Capitol


They’ve tried NOTAMs and ground-based laser warning systems to warn airplanes off, and they’ve scared pilots who stray with fighter-jet escorts and license suspensions, but nonetheless, another small aircraft wandered into the ADIZ over Washington, D.C., early last night, causing yet another evacuation of the U.S. Capitol. The scare lasted only a few minutes, then was called off, according to news reports last night, and evacuation at the White House was just getting underway when the all-clear was sounded. The airplane was detected 33 miles southeast of Reagan Washington National Airport, according to MSNBC. U.S. fighter planes and Border Patrol helicopters were launched at 6:18 p.m. and escorted the airplane to the Winchester Regional Airport in Virginia.