US Capitol Was Evacuated After Misidentifying US Army Parachuters at Baseball Game
Yesterday as I was getting ready to head out of the house, I saw on the news that the U.S. Capitol was evacuated due to a "threat," and then around 10-15 minutes later, they said the threat was over. I didn't think anything of it, because it seems like there's always some sort of guy jumping a fence somewhere, or whatever the reason may be. Turns out, it's much dumber than that.
At around 6:30pm, ET, everyone in the Capitol building evacuated in a hurry and anyone else who heard the news waited to find out what was going to become of this threat that the Capitol Police said was “an aircraft that poses a probable threat.”
It was then quickly announced there was no threat to the Capitol and the evacuation order that was in an "abundance of caution" was no longer necessary.
Obviously, questions were raised immediately about what happened that raised all of the alarms, and it's honestly a bit disappointing.
The "aircraft that poses a probable threat" was a plane full of U.S. Army parachuters circling downtown Washington waiting for the green light to jump into Nationals Park as part of the National Anthem at the Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game.
Now, the situation is under investigation as to what happened and why the U.S. Government wasn't able to identify one of their own planes.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a statement Wednesday, placed the blame on the FAA.
"The Federal Aviation Administration’s apparent failure to notify Capitol Police of the pre-planned flyover Nationals Stadium is outrageous and inexcusable. The unnecessary panic caused by this apparent negligence was particularly harmful for Members, staff and institutional workers still grappling with the trauma of the attack on their workplace on January 6th," Pelosi said. ""Congress looks forward to reviewing the results of a thorough after-action review that determines what precisely went wrong today and who at the Federal Aviation Administration will be held accountable for this outrageous and frightening mistake."
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