'Butt-naked' man jumps fence at Midway Airport and hops on wing of private jet: CPD
CHICAGO - A security breach at Midway Airport is raising serious questions about safety on the tarmac.
Police said a 33-year-old man scaled a barbed wire fence off of 55th Street near Lorel Avenue Tuesday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. and ran onto a runway.
A sign posted on the fence at that spot reads "restricted area" and "keep out," but yesterday that wasn't enough to stop the man from running in front of a private jet and at one point taking off his clothes and climbing on the wing of the plane.
"There appears to be a person, an unauthorized person walking... " a dispatcher said over the scanner. "He is on 1 3- center right now … any takeoffs or arrivals will need to go around."
"This guy is butt-naked right now," a pilot said. "He is right in front of us trying to get in."
Police said they took the man into custody within 15 minutes.
Wednesday morning, crews were busy repairing the damaged barbed wire where the man went over.
Police said the man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and given a mental evaluation.
Some witnesses told police he looked drunk.
The Department of Aviation said no planes had to be stopped or delayed but with Southwest jets taking off nearby the incident raises serious questions about security.
Police have not identified the 33-year-old man, but they are investigating and charges may come soon,