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英语新闻:小直升机闯禁飞区,突降美国国会

2015-04-16    来源:Sina    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

英语新闻:小直升机闯禁飞区,突降美国国会

Small Helicopter Lands on U.S. Capitol Grounds, One Person Detained: Police

英语新闻:

The Tampa Bay Times reported on Wednesday that the pilot was Doug Hughes, 61, a mailman from Ruskin, Florida. A U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman confirmed the person in custody was a rural letter carrier but did not give a name.

Streets near the Capitol were temporarily closed while police investigated, according to a police statement that called the craft a "gyrocopter." Streets have since been reopened and the aircraft removed.

The copter resembled a small open-air helicopter with a single rotor on top.


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it was investigating the incident. Security rules prohibit aircraft from flying close to the Capitol, White House and other locations without special permission.

The FAA said the pilot of the gyro copter was not authorized to enter restricted airspace.

In a bystander video that was obtained by the Associated Press, the copter is shown flying over the reflecting pool west of the Capitol and landing on the lawn.

Nora Neus, 21, of Tenafly, New Jersey, told Reuters that after the craft landed, police ordered the man in it not to move. She said he did not resist arrest.


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"It seemed relatively intentional, he just kind of landed and sat there," said Neus, who was in Washington for a job interview.

The Tampa Bay Times reported earlier on Wednesday that Hughes planned to make the flight to draw attention to the issue of campaign finance reform. He wrote letters addressed to each member of Congress calling for changes, the paper said.

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

In January, a small "quadcopter" drone crashed onto the White House lawn. The man who was operating it did not face criminal charges.

detain: vt.留住,阻住; 耽搁; 拘留,扣留

custody: n.监管; 拘留,羁押; 抚养权,监护权

gyrocopter: n.旋翼机

rotor: n.轮子,旋转器; 旋翼

bystander: n.旁观者; 局外人; 看热闹的人

Federal Aviation Administration: 美国联邦航空管理局

lockdown: n.<美>(对囚犯的)一级防范禁闭,一级防范禁闭期

quadcopter: 四轴飞行器

drone: n.无人驾驶飞机

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“我弄了一架飞机,一架旋翼飞机,我计划起飞,准备以非暴力的方式闯入禁飞区,”休斯在视频中说,“我计划在国会大厦降落。” 

据报道,休斯希望通过此举敦促人们关注金融改革和政府部门腐败等问题,他在两年多前就已制定好这项飞行计划。

(Sina)



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