A small, human-controlled aircraft landed on the West Lawn of the US Capitol, reports state.
The pilot of the gyrocopter is in custody, according to RT. The landing of the aircraft has prompted a lock-down of the Capitol Visitor’s Center. The streets in the surrounding area have also been “shut down.”
At this time, the identity of the pilot has not been revealed.
Details are forthcoming, but DC journalists have speculated that the aircraft’s pilot was Doug Hughes of Florida, and that the stunt may have been meant as a protest against the Supreme Court’s 2012 decision in the Citizens United case, according to a Tampa Bay Times profile of the man.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Times published a profile about Hughes and his plans to “draw attention” to the Citizens United case, which decided that corporations can contribute endlessly to political causes. According to the paper, Hughes had brought his gyrocopter from Florida to an area outside of DC late last week. On Wednesday, he planned to “to buzz through the air at 45 miles per hour at about 300 feet up in an ultralight gyrocopter toward Washington, D.C., toward protected airspace, where, if his plan works, he’ll land on the lawn of the United States Capitol building and deliver the mail,” journalist Ben Montgomery wrote.
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