Mystery plane?

January 3, 2011

Mystery plane prompts Capitol evacuation, scramble of jets

USA-TAXES/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A mystery airplane prompted an evacuation of the Capitol building and scrambling of military fighter jets on Saturday but authorities said the false alarm was caused by a commercial airliner briefly losing radio contact.

A Federal Aviation Administration official said a Piedmont Airlines plane in the Washington, D.C. area briefly lost radio contact and military planes took off to find it.

The title of this story is what flat upsets a lot of us readers…

Mystery???????? Absolutely untrue use of the word, there was no mystery airplane, which you even address very early in the article.

But headline readers wouldn’t get the facts. Come on Reuters; we don’t need fear mongering to get us to read your articles. Just report the news; DON’T try to create it!!!!!!

Tom

I don’t like “fear mongering” in headlines any more than you do, but this one seems fair to me.

The location of a Piedmont plane was a mystery, and so the Capitol was evacuated and jets were scrambled: GBU Editor

The U.S. Capitol Dome is lit after the first significant snowfall of the season as the House of Representatives worked late into the evening to pass the $858 billion package of renewed tax cuts and more unemployment benefits in Washington, December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

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