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Pilot Crashes Gyro Copter Onto Lawn of U.S. Capitol

Elite Prospects said a retired United States postal worker breached United States Capitol air space when he crashed his single seat gyro copter unto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol yesterday sounding alarms and a massive security response by United States Secret Service and United States Capitol Police. Doug Hughes, 61, a Florida resident who had worked for the United States Postal Service for eleven years designed and executed the stunt by himself to draw attention to campaign finance reform. The self described stunt almost got Hughes shot down. Security forces stated that if Hughes had flown just a few more feet towards the Capitol he would have been in the range of defensive perimeter long guns stationed around the Capitol to protect against just such a breach. Pilot Crashes Plane Into Capitol

Hughes stated that his intention was purely motivated by political activism and that he had no intention of harming anyone or placing anyone in danger. U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Capitol Police has another view and stated that Hughes had not received approval for his flight from the Federal Aviation Administration and such a flight would have been viewed as a security threat. Hughes was arrested immediately after the gyro copter landed and after an investigation by the U.S. Capitol Police bomb squad, his craft was also taken into custody for further examination. Hughes could face a number of civil as well as criminal charges.

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