A man has been arrested at a US airport after he ran onto the runway and climbed onto the wing of a plane that was waiting to take off.
The incident occurred on Saturday at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.
The Alaska Airlines jet was about to take off when the pilot spotted a man running towards the plane. US officials believe he had scaled a perimeter fence.
Video from passengers on the plane shows the man on the wing. At one point he takes off his shoes and socks as he tries to climb the wingtip. As officers approach him, he falls and is taken into custody. Police say he was not badly injured and believe the man may be suffering from mental illness.
“Around 2pm PST, Alaska Airlines flight 1367 from Las Vegas to Portland was preparing for takeoff when the pilot noticed an individual advancing towards the aircraft,” Alaska Airlines said in a statement.
“The pilots notified the tower. Law enforcement was dispatched and able to apprehend the individual. Our guests and employees are safe and we are working with law enforcement. The plane has returned to the gate for a full inspection.”
The plane eventually took off four hours late.