Airspace violation prompts brief alert at U.S. Capitol

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The U.S. Capitol was briefly put on a heightened alert on Friday when an aircraft entered restricted airspace near Washington, D.C., officials say. The alert status has since returned to normal.

The incident happened at about 3:15 p.m. ET on Friday when an aircraft entered restricted airspace in the vicinity of the capital, though specific details about the type of aircraft involved and the cause of the airspace violation were not immediately known.

The airspace violation led U.S. Capitol Police to put the complex at AIRCON YELLOW, the second-highest level, but the aircraft left restricted airspace before the air-condition level reached red, which would have prompted an evacuation of the complex.

“It has been downgraded to green. Once I have more information I will send something out,” said Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Capitol Police.

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