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Minutes After Capitol Police Order Evacuation, They Discover The “Aircraft Threat” Was Army Skydivers
By Ben Dutka|April 21, 2022
Minutes After Capitol Police Order Evacuation, They Discover The “Aircraft Threat” Was Army Skydivers

Whenever the Capitol Police start evacuating people, there’s cause for concern.

Considering how uncertain the times are, any threat could be serious and it’s important for authorities to react when something seems off.

But sometimes, you just make a mistake that’s too funny to ignore.

After the events of January 6 and the seemingly endless explosion of riots and protests in recent years, it feels like no city is 100 percent safe.

This goes double for Washington D.C., which is why the police are often on high alert.

And on Wednesday, they suddenly issued an emergency evacuation order due to aircraft they deemed to be a “probable threat.” This definitely got everyone’s attention.

Shades of 9/11 creep in whenever they talk about unidentified aircraft threats, and no American citizen wants to risk a repeat of that fateful day.

However, not only was this not a threat — the plane was one of ours.

Via The Blaze:

The U.S. Capitol Police issued an emergency evacuation order based on an aircraft they said was a “probable threat” to the Capitol complex on Wednesday

They later said there was no threat and that the aircraft was carrying a U.S. Army skydiving team that was parachuting into the Washington Nationals baseball stadium.

Well, that seems like a big “oops.”

At around 6:30 p.m., Capitol Police ordered the evacuation of the U.S. Capitol, the Capitol Visitor Center, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Botanical Garden buildings.

That’s quite the reaction for an Army skydiving team.

Apparently, authorities ordered the evacuation because a “single-engine plane was not responding to orders via radio communication.”

It seems two aircraft took off from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and neither had clearance to take off.

Oddly, though, this entire thing was planned: it was part of the parachuting presentation and the Nationals’ team celebration of our U.S. military.

So, that’s why they sent up some parachutists … it just seems strange that Army skydivers wouldn’t have clearance to take off, and wouldn’t respond to radio communication.

At any rate, there was obviously no real threat here, and the reaction may have been a tad overkill.

It’s something authorities won’t soon live down, that’s for sure. Despite the fact that many people do want to err on the side of caution these days.

Key Takeaways:

  • Capitol Police ordered a large emergency evacuation due to a “probable” aircraft threat.
  • The threat turned out to be Army skydivers helping to celebrate the Washington Nationals’ appreciation of the military.
  • Authorities say the planes didn’t have clearance to take off, and weren’t responding to radio communication.

Source: The Blaze

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Ben Dutka
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.
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