- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) - In a story June 3 about a postal worker who is being fired for landing a gyrocopter on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, The Associated Press reported erroneously the date of his next court appearance. It is scheduled for June 22, not June 20.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Postal Service takes steps to fire gyrocopter pilot

Man who landed gyrocopter on Capitol lawn says US Postal Service is trying to fire him

RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) - A man who flew a gyrocopter through some of America’s most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol says his employer, the United States Postal Service, is taking steps to fire him.

Doug Hughes said Wednesday the agency intends to fire him for “unacceptable conduct” in the wake of his April 15 flight to call attention to campaign finance reform.

The Postal Service released a statement saying it does not comment on pending employee disciplinary matters.

A grand jury indicted Hughes on six charges that carry up to 9½ years in prison.

Hughes, who lives in Ruskin, Florida, said he’s received tremendous public support. The tail section of Hughes’ gyrocopter carried a Postal Service logo, and Hughes was carrying letters for each member of Congress.

His next court appearance is June 22. He has been ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device.

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