Aircraft Enters Restricted Airspace Prompting Evacuation of U.S. Capitol Complex

January 1, 2011
Press Release
United States Capitol Police Chief Phillip D. Morse, Sr
Public Information Office  
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 January 1, 2011
(202) 224-1677  

At approximately 1:30 pm today, the U.S. Capitol Police monitored and tracked an aircraft that entered restricted airspace heading towards the U.S. Capitol. All Senate and House office buildings were evacuated, including the U.S. Capitol Building.

Once it was determined that the threat had dissipated, and communication was established with the pilot who landed the aircraft safely at Reagan National Airport, the U.S. Capitol Police resumed normal operating procedures. All buildings were clear for re-entry and the Capitol Complex was re-opened at approximately 2:00 pm.

The U.S. Capitol Police is investigating this situation in conjunction with TSA.

If there are any questions about these events or our security procedures, you may contact the United States Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.


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  Prepared by:
  Sergeant Kimberly Schneider
  United States Capitol Police
  Public Information Office