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Small Plane Causes Brief Security Scare in Washington

A single-engine plane strayed into restricted airspace near the U.S. Capitol in Washington Friday, sparking a brief security scare.

Authorities moved to evacuate the north lawn of the White House and parts of the U.S. Capitol before the all-clear signal was given a few minutes later. The Senate was in session, and briefly went into recess.

Officials said the pilot of the plane complied with authorities, and landed at a local airport.

There have been several similar incidents since U.S. officials tightened restrictions on airspace in Washington after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.