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Florida man to appear in court after U.S. Capitol gyrocopter landing

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 01:13

A Florida man who was arrested after landing a small helicopter on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol is due to appear in Federal court. Linda So reports.

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A bystander video captures the moments after a Florida man landed his gyrocopter on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. 61-year-old Doug Hughes, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, was arrested by authorities and is facing undisclosed charges after violating restricted airspace and causing a security scare. He is now due to appear in federal court. SOUNDBITE: MARK ROSENKER, FORMER NTSB CHAIRMAN, SAYING: "The questions that are going to shake up this town is how was he able to get into some of the most restricted airspace in the United States without being seen?" Witnesses say they saw Hughes take off Wednesday morning from the Gettysburg Airport in Pennsylvania. SOUNDBITE: SAM GREEN, WITNESS, SAYING: "Crazy! That guy had to be nuts to do something like that." Security rules prohibit aircraft from flying in the area of the Capitol and the White House without permission. SOUNDBITE: DAN BONGINO, FORMER SECRET SERVICE AGENT, SAYING: "I don't think a use of force would be warranted. Anything to take that out of the sky may have created more problems than it would have solved." The Tampa Bay Times reports that Hughes planned to make the flight to draw attention to campaign finance reform. He wrote letters addressed to each member of Congress calling for changes. And told the Times that his biggest fear, was losing his nerve.

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Florida man to appear in court after U.S. Capitol gyrocopter landing

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 01:13