News reports have identified the man who landed a gyrocopter on the US Capitol lawn this afternoon as Florida postal worker Doug Hughes. Postal service records list a Douglas M. Hughes as a rural carrier at the Riverview FL post office.
From the Washington Post:
U.S. Capitol Police said that a small gyrocopter with one occupant landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.
One person has been detained, Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said in an e-mail.
Eyewitnesses in Capitol offices reported seeing police run toward the aircraft and take the pilot away. The small craft landed in the middle of the West Front Lawn, where the annual Christmas tree and Fourth of July concert stage are set up.