Friday, February 26, 2016

Local Air Wisconsin flight enters restricted airspace near U.S. Capitol

An Air Wisconsin plane taking off from Reagan National Airport on Friday morning entered prohibited airspace near the U.S. Capitol and briefly failed to communicate with air traffic controllers, according to authorities.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police said officials raised their security level “out of an abundance of caution.” The Capitol was not put in lockdown, the spokeswoman said, and the alert was lifted once communication with the pilot was established.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the incident occurred about 10:55 a.m. when Flight 3803, headed to Toronto, Canada, took off from Runway 1.

An FAA spokesman could not say what action was taken. The Air Wisconsin Internet site shows the flight arriving in Toronto 31 minutes late.

Officials from Air Wisconsin did not return calls seeking comment. The FAA said the incident is under investigation.

Read the original article on The Washington Post.

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