Student Pilot Arrested After Hopping Fence And Boarding Plane At Florida Airport


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Joshua Gill Religion Reporter
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Police arrested a student pilot Thursday after he jumped a fence at an airport in Orlando, Florida, and boarded a plane undergoing maintenance.

A witness saw the man, who is described as college-age with a Florida driver’s license, boarding Airbus A321 in the Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Center at Orlando Melbourne International Airport around 2 a.m., according to CNN. Police apprehended him and shut down the airport while a robot searched through the man’s car in the airport parking lot. (RELATED: Tampa International Airport On Lockdown After Suspicious Carry-On Found In Terminal)

The student pilot’s car was later placed on a flatbed truck. All flights were suspended as security performed a sweep of the airfield. Authorities reopened the airport just before 7 a.m. Authorities have yet to release the man’s name or his motive for boarding the aircraft.

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