Florida Man Who Landed a Gyrocopter on the Capitol Lawn Denies Almost Hitting a Delta Flight

Remember the Florida man who landed his gyrocopter on the lawn of the US Capitol last year? The retired US postal worker pulled the stunt to raise awareness about campaign finance reform. Now prosecutors are saying that he came dangerously close to hitting a Delta flight.

The gyrocopter pilot, Douglas Hughes, will be sentenced next month and prosecutors are now saying that he came within 1,400 yards of Delta Flight 1639, an Airbus jet that departed from Reagan National Airport and was carrying 150 passengers. Hughes denies he was that close.

Douglas Hughes landed on the US Capitol lawn last year on April 15th (tax day) after flying through restricted airspace. Hughes said he intended to deliver Congress letters about campaign finance reform. Needless to say, he didn’t get to deliver the letters, but he did raise quite a stir about security around the Capitol building.


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