US Capitol briefly evacuated by airspace violation

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 1, 2011 22:45

WASHINGTON  — US authorities on Saturday said the US Capitol and all Senate and House buildings were evacuated and fighter jets were scrambled after an airliner flying into Washington's Reagan airport went out of radio contact.

US Capitol Police spokewoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said the plane entered restricted airspace heading towards the US Capitol around 1:30 p.m. (1830 GMT) Saturday.

The FAA said Piedmont Airlines Flight 4352 from Hilton Head, South Carolina, lost radio contact with air traffic control as it approached the area. The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled F-16 jets out of Andrews Air Force Base.


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