Sept. 12, 1994: A small airplane crashed onto the White House grounds in the middle of the night — just below President Clinton's bedroom. The president and his family were sleeping across the street in Blair House at the time of the crash. The plane, a small two-seat Cessna 150, had been stolen by a 38-year-old Maryland man on Sept 11. He was killed in the crash. No one tried to stop the plane as it approached. Secret Service agents, stationed on the South Lawn of the White House, had just seconds to get out of the way. The incident prompted numerous security changes at the White House.
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