2004 U.S. Capitol Evacuation

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On June 9th, 2004 a plane carrying then Kentucky governor Ernie Fletcher crossed into restricted airspace over the District of Columbia triggering an evacuation of the US Capitol. Significant restrictions had been placed on air traffic over DC following the September 11 terrorist attacks. While there had been previous violations of the post-September 11th no-fly zone, this incident was unique in that the unidentified plane penetrated deeply into the no-fly zone. It was also unique in that it occurred during a major event in DC, the state funeral for Ronald Reagan.

According to witnesses, people in the capitol were told by security personnel to remove their shoes and to run. Security personnel warned people fleeing from the building that a plane was a couple minutes from hitting the Capitol.[1][2][3][4][5]

See also


  1. Hsu, Spencer (8 July 2004). "Plane That Caused Capitol Evacuation Nearly Shot Down". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35440-2004Jul7.html. 
  2. Wald, Matthew (9 July 2004). "Series of Failures Is Cited in Evacuation of Capitol". New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/09/us/series-of-failures-is-cited-in-evacuation-of-capitol.html?_r=0. 
  3. "Capitol evacuated before Reagan procession". CNN. 9 June 2004. http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/06/09/capitol.evacuation/. 
  4. Carville, James (2006). Take It Back: Our Party, Our Country, Our Future. Simon and Schuster. p. 129. ISBN 9780743292955. 
  5. Jackson, Brian (2008). Evaluating Novel Threats to the Homeland: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Cruise Missiles. Rand Corporation. p. 24. ISBN 9780833041692.