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Mailman lands gyrocopter in the US Capitol lawn

A man was arrested after landing a gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
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A man was arrested after landing a gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

A Florida mailman has been arrested after landing his gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Doug Hughes, 61, of Ruskin, Florida, apparently used the landing to make a statement about campaign finance reform and to halt corruption in government, the newspaper said.

"We heard him coming. There are a lot of helicopters in D.C. but I could tell this one was smaller," Gil Wheeler, a pilot from Las Vegas, told the Times. "It came right down the middle of the lawn. You can tell he knows how to fly that thing."

The Capitol was on lockdown after the landing although NBC'S Luke Russert tweeted that it had been lifted.

The incident has raised questions about the safety of government buildings in the nation's capital.

Read the full coverage at the Tampa Bay Times.