Johnson Comments on Pilot Landing Gyrocopter on Capitol Grounds

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), made these remarks following reports about a man who flew a gyrocopter through restricted airspace and landed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol: 

“I am deeply concerned that someone has the ability to fly for over an hour through the most restricted airspace in our country, past the White House, and land on the lawn of the Capitol. Mr. Hughes has been arrested and charged under the Transportation Act. I am investigating this incident and I am requesting a full accounting by all federal organizations entrusted with securing the United States from this and similar events.  While Mr. Hughes’ guilt or innocence must still be determined by the courts, the apparent details serve as a reminder that the risk to America and Americans is ever present.”