Man Who Flew Gyrocopter to U.S. Capitol Pleads not Guilty

The Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of aircraft violations and breaching some of the world's most restricted airspace.
Douglas Hughes, a 61-year-old mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday. His April 15 stunt was aimed at drawing attention to the need for campaign finance reform.
The flight of the small, unauthorized aircraft was among the most high-profile of recent security lapses in the U.S. capital.
Hughes pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay.
Hughes was arrested after piloting the craft from Pennsylvania and landing on the west lawn of the Capitol as police and tourists looked on.
He faces six charges, including violating the registration requirements for an aircraft and national defense airspace.



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