WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court were temporarily evacuated Wednesday when a small plane triggered a security scare during preparations for former President Reagan's funeral, officials said.
Authorities, already on high alert, declared the incident a false alarm after aviation and security personnel identified the aircraft and determined it was not a threat.
The orders to evacuate were given when the twin-engine turboprop carrying Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher had a mechanical problem with its transponder. It prevented air traffic controllers from identifying the plane.
Two F-15 fighter planes were diverted from a nearby air patrol to investigate the incident involving the Beech King Air craft registered to the Kentucky State Police, military officials said.