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Washington, DC / Capital Scare / Reagan National Airport #789712

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 11, 2005
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(White House: David Gregory) The jittery day in Washington, DC, when a small plane violated the no-fly zone, prompting the evacuation of the White House & Capitol, reviewed; scenes shown of security officials, people evacuating, and a fighter jet intercepting the Cessna; animation shown; details given of the whereabouts of President Bush & Vice President Dick Cheney. [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN – says the pilot did not respond to efforts to communicate.] [Capitol police Chief Terrance GAINER†- says this appears to be an errant pilot.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Reagan National Airport: Pete Williams) Congressional moves to reopen Reagan National Airport to private planes, which have been prevented from landing since 9/11, featured; details given of the general aviation plan proposed by the Department of Homeland Security. [Washington Airports Authority James BENNETT†- comments.] [Former White House advisor Frank CILLUFFO†- says we’re talking about a limited number of flights.] [National Air Transportation Assn. James COYNE†- comments on security.] [Representative John MICA†- comments on procedures to prevent an incursion like today.]

Williams, Brian;
Gregory, David;
Williams, Pete

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