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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration acknowledged Friday that it failed to alert Capitol Police of a parachute jump at a nearby baseball stadium, a misstep that led to a security alert and a the evacuation of the Capitol.

“We deeply regret assisting in a precautionary evacuation of the Capitol Complex and apologize for the disruption and fear felt by those working there,” the FAA said in an unsigned statement.

The FAA said it was “taking immediate action to ensure that we always coordinate well in advance with other agencies to avoid confusion about future aviation occurrences in the Washington, D.C. area.” .

The agency said its review of the incident in heavily restricted airspace is continuing.

The FAA did not tell Capitol Police that a small plane would fly overhead Wednesday night en route to drop off members of the US Army’s Golden Knights, who parachuted into Nationals Park for military appreciation night . Unaware of the plane’s mission, members of Congress fled the Capitol and House and Senate office buildings.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, promised a congressional review of the FAA’s actions, which she called “outrageous and inexcusable.”

Many people who work on Capitol Hill have remained jittery more than a year after hundreds of rioters loyal to then-President Donald Trump fought their way past overwhelmed police, burst through windows and gates and ransacked the Capitol as Congress voted to certify Joe. Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.

The FAA is headed by an acting administrator, Billy Nolen. The agency’s former boss, Stephen Dickson, resigned at the end of March. The White House has not named a replacement.

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