Tulips in bloom on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB
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Protester lands mini copter on US Capitol lawnAn anti-corruption protester was arrested after he landed his mini helicopter on the U.S. Capitol lawn Wednesday and piloted it through Washington's no-fly zone, triggering a national security investigation and shocking bystanders.The Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating the incident along with other U.S. authorities, adding that the pilot was not in touch with air traffic controllers while in the air.The pilot, Douglas Hughes, was detained and illegal transport charges are pending against him, U.S. Capitol Police said.Air space is severely restricted around Washington landmarks, including the White House and the Capitol, which houses the U.S. Congress whose 535 lawmakers were in session at the time.In addition to the FAA, the Secret Service and a handful of other U.S. agencies are investigating the landing.
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