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Helicopter makes unauthorised landing in US Capitol grounds

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By Euronews
Helicopter makes unauthorised landing in US Capitol grounds

A small helicopter made an unexpected and uninvited landing on the west lawn of Capitol Hill on Wednesday sparking a major security alert.

The gyro-copter was immediately surrounded by police as the bomb squad moved in.

Nothing hazardous was found but the pilot was taken into custody awaiting charges.

Earlier in the day a local newspaper reported that pilot Doug Hughes (61) planned to make the flight to draw attention to the issue of election campaign finance reform.

The security scare comes after a man shot himself dead in front of the Capitol on Saturday sparking a temporary lockdown.