Pregame program at Nationals Park causes evacuation of U.S. Capitol

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A program including military parachutists prior to Wednesday night’s Diamondbacks-Nationals video game at Nationals Park ended up touching off quick a national-security panic. According to ESPN news services, the U.S. Capitol was quickly left after an airplane bring members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights was misidentified by cops as “a probable threat.” 

Instead, the aircraft was en path to Nationals Park for the prepared pregame presentation in which the Golden Knights parachuted onto the field. Nationals Park is approximately a mile from the U.S. Capitol. The airplane, which had actually removed from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, had actually been circling around within limited airspace and obviously had actually not provided police advance notification of the flight:

The U.S. Capitol Police sounded an alert, and the Capitol was left around 6:30 p.m. By 8 p.m., structures on the Capitol complex were resumed. That video game itself at Nationals Park was not impacted. 

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“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blamed the Federal Aviation Administration in a statement Wednesday night, saying its ‘apparent failure to notify Capitol Police of the pre-planned flyover Nationals Stadium is outrageous and inexcusable.’ The FAA did not respond to a request for comment.”

Pelosi likewise stated that, “Congress anticipates examining the outcomes of a comprehensive after-action evaluation that identifies what exactly failed today and who at the Federal Aviation Administration will be held liable for this outrageous and frightening error.”



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