Postal worker arrested after landing gyrocopter on US Capitol lawn

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.

via Gyrocopter lands on Capitol lawn; pilot is arrested – The Washington Post.

  • Gator1

    He was trying to deliver the President’s Amazon Order.

  • Patrick Henry

    Sorry- wrong end of the Mall. He was heading for the Capitol, not the White House. He was trying to get their attention, which isn’t easy, since all they care about is how much money you can give them. Hence the gyro-copter stunt. Stupid, yes, but also noble.

  • maky_m

    What is sad is the the corrupt congress won’t be the least swayed by the act of Mr Hughes.