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Washington Evacuations

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two men who were on board a small plane when it flew over Washington, DC Wednesday are now in custody.

State police in Maryland were waiting for them when their plane landed, after being escorted away from Washington by military aircraft.

Their flight, which officials say took the plane to within three miles of the White House, caused that building and the U.S. Capitol to be evacuated. President Bush wasn't there at the time, but Vice President Cheney was, and he was taken to a secure location elsewhere.

The chief of the U.S. Capitol Police says the two men appear to be "errant pilots." He says they were "on a straight-in shot toward the center of the Washington area."

Military jets scrambled to intercept the plane, and fired warning flares. The aircraft then veered away.


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