US Capitol Police said there is ‘no threat’ to the complex after ordering full evacuation in apparent mix-up over military flight at Nationals baseball game
The U.S. Capitol Police have said that there is no threat to the Capitol complex in Washington, minutes after issuing a statement saying they were tracking an aircraft that posed a ‘probable threat’.
‘The Capitol was evacuated out of an abundance of caution this evening. There is no threat at the Capitol. More details to come,’ USCP said in a statement.
Buildings are being prepared for re-entry, the protective service said.
Initial reports suggested that the incident was a mix-up over a US military plane that dropped skydivers at a nearby Washington Nationals game.
The U.S. Capitol Police have said that there is no threat to the Capitol complex in Washington, minutes after issuing a statement saying they were tracking a threatening aircraft
Capitol Police initially issued the evacuation order on Wednesday evening in an alert saying that law enforcement was ‘tracking an aircraft that poses a probable threat to the Capitol Complex.’
‘Evacuate Now: Aircraft Intrusion’ read the alert ordering the evacuation of the the US Capitol, Capitol Visitor Center, Library of Congress, House and Senate office buildings, and the US Botanical Garden.
Details on the aircraft of concern were not immediately available, but flight tracking services suggested that it could be a Viking UV-18C Twin Otter 400 spotted circling the Navy Yard at low altitude.
Developing story, more to follow.