Just Released: RAW Footage of Gyrocopter Landing on Capitol Lawn

  • Apr 15, 2015 10:35pm GMT
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As reported throughout the day on all major news outlets, a mailman, Doug Hughes from Florida, made the bold decision to land his gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the Capitol building. His intent was to deliver a message to Congress urging them to reform campaign finance laws.

View the raw footage of the gyrocopter landing on the Capitol Lawn

UPDATE 5/21 1530PST

Charges against 61 year-old gyrocopter pilot, Doug Hughes, have been issued for his unauthorized passage through a restricted no-fly zone followed by landing on the West Lawn of the Capitol building.

Mr Hughes faces charges of operating as an airman without an airman's certificate and violating aircraft registration requirements, which each carry terms of up to three years in prison.

Three misdemeanor charges of violating national defense airspace have also been brought against him. They carry a maximum jail term of of one year.

Hughes is also faces a misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle falsely labeled as postal carrier. The tail section of Hughes' gyrocopter carried a Postal Service logo. That charge carries a statutory maximum of six months in prison.

"We are looking at a case where there was no injury and no property damage, and the requirements as far as what the prosecution is asking for include years of jail time. The penalties that they are demanding are not consistent with the damage," he said.

Currently Hughes is under home detention and is banned from Washington DC with the exception of returning to court and receiving legal council.