US Capitol Briefly Evacuated By Airspace Violation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities said the U.S. Capitol and surrounding buildings were evacuated and fighter jets were scrambled after an airliner flying into Washington’s Reagan Airport went out of radio contact.

The FAA says a Piedmont Airlines flight from Hilton Head, S.C., lost radio contact Saturday as it approached the area. The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled fighter jets out of Andrews Air Force Base in response.

Capitol Police issued an evacuation order on Saturday warning workers that an aircraft entered restricted airspace.

The order was called off after controllers made contact with the plane and it landed at Reagan, which is directly across the Potomac River from Washington.

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  • Abe Benesch

    I hope Vice President Joe Biden was taken to a secure location. We need to make certain that we have continuity of government should disaster strike.

    A terrorist attack on New Years Day would be devastating. Jan 1 is a day of rebirth.

    That airliner is fortunate they were able to reestablish contact otherwise they probably would have been shot down.

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