2004 U.S. Capitol Evacuation

On June 9th, 2004 a plane carrying then Kentucky governor Ernie Fletcher crossed into restricted airspace over the District of Columbia triggering an evacuation of the US Capitol. Significant restrictions had been placed on air traffic over DC following the September 11 terrorist attacks. While there had been previous violations of the post-September 11th no-fly zone, this incident was unique in that the unidentified plane penetrated deeply into the no-fly zone. It was also unique in that it occurred during a major event in DC, the state funeral for Ronald Reagan.
According to witnesses, people in the capitol were told by security personnel to remove their shoes and to run. Security personnel warned people fleeing from the building that a plane was a couple minutes from hitting the Capitol.
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