House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a scathing statement after the U.S. Capitol Police mistakenly ordered an emergency evacuation of the Capitol over a skydiving demonstration at the nearby Washington Nationals baseball stadium.
The evacuation order was being carried out for over 15 minutes until the police realized the “threat” had simply been a plane taking the U.S. Army skydiving team to the stadium for their Military Appreciation Day.
“Today, and every day, our Congressional community is extraordinarily grateful for the heroism of our United States Capitol Police officers. In ordering the evacuation of the Capitol and vigilantly monitoring for a potential aircraft threat, our officers ensured the safety of all who work in these hallowed halls — and we thank them for their exemplary service,” read the statement from Pelosi.
“The Federal Aviation Administration’s apparent failure to notify Capitol Police of the pre-planned flyover Nationals Stadium is outrageous and inexcusable. The unnecessary panic caused by this apparent negligence was particularly harmful for Members, staff, and institutional workers still grappling with the trauma of the attack on their workplace on January 6th,” she continued.
“Congress looks forward to reviewing the results of a thorough after-action review that determines what precisely went wrong today and who at the Federal Aviation Administration will be held accountable for this outrageous and frightening mistake,” she concluded.
Capitol Police usually receive a notification about flights, but they did not receive one about the plane that headed to the skydiving demonstration at the stadium.
Most members of Congress were away from the Capitol as they were in a two-week recess.
The Arizona Diamondbacks pummeled the Washington Nationals with a score of 11 to 2 after the flyover.
Here’s more about the embarrassing incident:
U.S. Capitol evacuated due to parachute demo error at D-backs, Nationals game