Man Detained for Landing Gyrocopter on Capitol Lawn

U.S. Capitol Police have detained an individual for landing a small helicopter on the west lawn of the Capitol. The Tampa Bay Times identified the pilot as Doug Hughes, a 61-year-old Florida mailman who, for months, had concocted a plan to fly to the Capitol in the aircraft to urge campaign finance reform. The aircraft — dubbed a “gyrocopter” — landed on the lawn of the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, prompting a broad shutdown of the area.



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