April 24th, 2009
03:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Airspace violation prompts brief DC security alert

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A light aircraft flew into restricted airspace Friday in Washington, prompting brief security alerts at the Capitol and the White House, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Authorities soon confirmed there was no security threat, and gave an "all-clear."

For a few minutes during the security alert, the Senate adjourned and the White House went into lockdown mode.

The Department of Homeland Security said proper procedures were followed, and the pilot of the light aircraft immediately responded to calls from authorities to leave the restricted airspace.

Two F-16s escorted the Cessna 180 to an airport in Indian Head, Maryland, as two Coast Guard helicopters hovered nearby, FAA officials said.

The FAA said the Cessna had entered restricted airspace from the northeast.

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  1. Moderate Democrat

    Hey....let's do like Bush and Cheney: Let's attack Canada for this. I know, they had nothing to do with it, but hey, illegal wars are cool!

    April 24, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Jason, Los Angeles

    Wow. I think if I had been that Cessna pilot I would have pooped my pants.

    April 24, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Jeri

    Do us all a favor and leave the senate in place next time this happens.

    April 24, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Is this all they can do...?

    Maybe if they waterboard them, they will find it was actually a terrorist plot instead of an old man and his wife sent by Rush L, Sean H, BIll O, and Glenn B. so they can prove this administration wrong.....LOL

    April 24, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. republicans hate america

    oh wouldnt the right wing just love for that to have been real.

    April 24, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Al Mellen

    It just amazes me that washington can get shook up over a single engine plane on any given day. Where in hell was the Military on 9/11. PLEASE,,,,,,will someone question our ex-President Bush and Cheney. Evidently on that day,,,,for whatever reason which we will probably never know,,,,,,America was wide open with no air defense that famous day.

    April 24, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Tim

    CNN!!! Have some class. Why open up for comments on this story, unless you want the vile hatred that will come to be posted. Close this to comments.

    April 24, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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