The Federal Aviation Administration admits it failed to notify Capitol Police of a parachute jump at a nearby baseball stadium this week
“We deeply regret assisting in a precautionary evacuation of the Capitol Complex and apologize for the disruption and fear felt by those working there,” the FAA said in an unsigned statement.
The FAA said it was “taking immediate action to ensure that we always coordinate well in advance with other agencies to avoid confusion about future aviation occurrences in the Washington, D.C. area.” .
The agency said its review of the incident in heavily restricted airspace is continuing.
The FAA did not tell Capitol Police that a small plane would fly overhead Wednesday night en route to drop off members of the US Army’s Golden Knights, who parachuted into Nationals Park for military appreciation night . Unaware of the plane’s mission, members of Congress fled the Capitol and House and Senate office buildings.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, promised a congressional review of the FAA’s actions, which she called “outrageous and inexcusable.”
The FAA is headed by an acting administrator, Billy Nolen. The agency’s former boss, Stephen Dickson, resigned at the end of March. The White House has not named a replacement.