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Man arrested after climbing on wing of airplane at Las Vegas airport

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Posted at 4:04 PM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 08:06:20-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says it responded to a call of a man on the tarmac at McCarran Airport at about 1:32 p.m.

When they arrived the man was on the wing of an Alaska Airlines flight headed to Portland.

A passenger on the flight recorded a video of the incident and sent it to 13 Action News:

“First of all, it’s not easy getting up on a wing by just jumping, I don’t think you can do it,” says John Nance, Aviation Analyst for ABC World News. “Secondly, what somebody is doing up there when a plane is getting ready to take off is really puzzling.”

Alaska Airlines released this statement:
Around 2 p.m. PST, Alaska Airlines flight 1367 from Las Vegas to Portland was preparing for take-off when the pilot noticed an individual advancing towards the aircraft. 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.