"EVACUATE NOW, AIRCRAFT INTRUSION": Capitol Police Alert Staff To Evacuate... After Miscommunication With Army Parachute Team As They Dropped In On Nats Game

There were some tense moments in Washington D.C. tonight after a mass message was sent out by the Capitol Police alerting personnel that an aircraft in the area was posing a 'probable threat'. 

Speculation began on Twitter as folks tried to find out answers.. Was it a drone?? A hijacked aircraft? A small, private plane acting erratically? Airborne attackers?!

And it wasn't long before aviation bubbas had the flight path & exactly what type of plane it was, and oh shit, it was circling over the Navy Yard:

But wait…. the Viking UV-18C Twin Otter 400 is… the U.S. Army Parachute Team aircraft. And they were circling the Nationals Stadium in the Navy Yard neighborhood… and it was… Military Appreciation night… 

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It's all coming together now.. A simple case of SNAFU & miscommunication betwixt a couple government agencies. Honestly I couldn't think of a more perfect way to kick off Military Night at the ballpark. Classic. 

At the end of the day I'm glad that's all it was, and yeah sure, it's a pretty big fuck up that likely understandably scared the shit out of a good amount of people, but better safe than sorry, right? At least we know the alert system works, right?! Guys?! And it could always be worse - remember that time Hawaii told everyone a nuke was coming? 

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