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APR 17, 2015 - Yahoo! News

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U.S. charges Florida man who landed helicopter near Capitol

A Florida man who caused a major security scare after landing a small helicopter on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol was charged with two criminal offenses on Thursday and then released pending trial. Douglas Mark Hughes, 61, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier, faces up to four years in prison on charges of unlawfully operating an unregistered aircraft ...

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APR 16, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Friend feared Capitol gyrocopter pilot would get shot down

Shanahan said he feared law enforcement would open fire on the small aircraft emblazoned with the Postal Service logo, so he alerted the U.S. Secret Service. Hughes says on a website that he wanted to call attention to his belief that campaign finance laws are too weak and allow corruption.

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APR 16, 2015 - Yahoo! News

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Small copter lands on Capitol lawn; pilot in custody

Police arrested a Florida Postal Service worker who steered his tiny aircraft onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol after flying through restricted airspace around the National Mall on Wednesday.

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APR 15, 2015 - Yahoo! News

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Florida man arrested after landing small helicopter on U.S. Capitol grounds

A Florida man was arrested after he landed his small helicopter on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, police said, violating restricted airspace and causing a security scare. Doug Hughes, 61, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, has been jailed and is facing undisclosed charges after he flew his "gyro copter" over Washington and ...

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APR 15, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Small aircraft lands on Capitol lawn; pilot in custody

WASHINGTON — Police arrested a man who steered his tiny aircraft onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, surprising tourists and prompting a temporary lockdown of the Capitol Visitor Center. Capitol Police didn’t immediately identify the pilot or comment on his motive, but a Florida postal carrier named Doug Hughes took responsibility for the stunt on a ...

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