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(WASHINGTON) — A small helicopter landed on the Capitol’s West Front Wednesday afternoon in Washington, and one person has been detained, according to Capitol Police.

“The U.S. Capitol Police is investigating a gyrocopter with a single occupant that has landed on the grassy area of the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol,” Capitol Police Public Information Officer Lieutenant Kimberly Schneider confirmed. “The U.S. Capitol Police continues to investigate with one person detained and temporary street closures in the immediate area.”

It appears that the man contacted a Tampa Bay Times reporter in advance of his flight. His aim: To draw attention to the issue of campaign finance reform, according to the newspaper.

“I have got a plane, a gyro-plane. And I’m going to fly it, I’m going to violate the no-fly zone, non-violently,” he said in the video. “I’m going to land on the Capitol Mall.”

According to the Times, a 61-year-old mailman in Florida threatened to drive his gyrocopter through protected airspace to deliver the mail.

The Ruksin native, Dough Hughes, has contemplated the plan for more than two years, according to the newspaper.

“No sane person would do what I’m doing,” he reportedly said.

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