WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House and U.S. Capitol were evacuated today when an unidentified flying object entered restricted airspace above the nation’s capital. At approximately 10:21 a.m. local time, F-16 fighter jets left Joint Base Andrews in Southern Maryland to intercept the object, which, according to defense officials, did not show up on military or civilian radar.
“The object was first spotted over Baltimore and subsequently reported to emergency services by some two hundred individuals,” Major General Scott Borland of the U.S. Air Force told reporters during an emergency briefing at the Pentagon. “At that time it was reported that the object was headed southwest in the direction of Washington D.C. Baltimore City Emergency Services immediately alerted NORAD, at which point three F-16s were scrambled out of Joint Base Andrews with orders to intercept the object.”
According to the Department of Defense and eye witnesses on the ground, a solid-black triangular-shaped object traveling at an extremely high rate of speed and emitting virtually no sound, entered restricted airspace above Washington, D.C. at approximately 10:27 a.m. EST. “I watched it fly over the [National] mall and it slowed down so quickly, it was unbelievable, it was like it was just hovering there,” Bethany Moss, a curator at the Museum of Natural History told Fox 5 DC. “One second it was there and the next it just shot upwards into the sky and that’s when we heard the fighter jets.”
Major General Borland said that upon making contact with U.S. fighter jets, the object made several defensive maneuvers, which he described as being “impossible for modern aircraft” to achieve. “When one of our pilots came within firing range, the object deployed a sort of high-energy laser weapon which disabled the F-16’s flight control systems, causing it to crash. Immediately after, the remaining fighters lost contact with the object.”
A YouTube video uploaded by amateur photographer Shane Fager shows the F-16 hurdling through the sky and narrowly missing the roof of the John F. Kennedy Center before crashing into the Potomac River. The video, and many like it, which surfaced on YouTube just minutes after the event, show fighter jets buzzing the U.S. capital, but the unidentified object itself is, mysteriously, nowhere to be found. “It was using some kind of cloaking device,” said Major General Borland. “This thing didn’t show up on our air defense systems, it didn’t show up on any sort of radar, even flash photography and cell phone video couldn’t pick it up.”
The U.S. Coast Guard, working in conjunction with the Arlington County Fire Department, has initiated a search of the Potomac River and the surrounding area for the missing F-16 pilot. The Department of Defense is currently withholding the name of the Airman until his location and status can be determined.