Doug Hughes was upset over spending from Congress, and understood the risks in flying, but was willing to die “than live to be 80 years old and see this country fall.”


A man was taken into custody after landing a small aircraft on the Capitol Hill lawn Wednesday afternoon.

The Capitol Visitor’s Center was temporarily locked down because of the incident, according to the AP.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the pilot of the aircraft, identified as a gyrocopter, is Doug Hughes, a mailman from Ruskin, Florida. Hughes sent letters to every member of Congress “demanding reform and declaring a voter’s rebellion,” and told the Times his gyrocopter ride was in support of that belief.

“I’m not promoting myself,” Hughes told the Times a few weeks ago. “I’m trying to direct millions of people to information, to a menu of organizations that are working together to fix Congress.”



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