Capitol Evacuated Briefly After Airspace Violation

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

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

Visitors thought it was an emergency drill at first when a loud alarm sounded, but it turned out to be a serious event. Police and guards were shouting at people to leave the building immediately, witnesses say.

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

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