Man Strips Down to Boxers, Scales Airport Fence, Rams Pickup Truck Into Plane
A man being chased by police after breaching a security gate at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield airport Thursday night stripped down to his boxer shorts, stole a truck on the runway and rammed it into the nose of a Southwest Airlines jet, authorities said.
The incident kicked off around 9:30 p.m., when officers at Eppley Airfield encountered a man in front of the airport acting “bizarre,” flailing his arms and screaming that people were trying to kill him, Tim Conahan, Chief of Police for the Omaha Airport Authority, told ABC News.
With several officers in pursuit, the man — whose identity remains unknown — ran into a parking garage, exited through another entrance, and hid in some bushes, Conahan said. He then scaled an eight-foot barbed wire perimeter fence and entered the secure ramp area, where jumped into an unlocked Southwest pickup truck that had its engine running. During the chase, the man stripped down to his underwear.
He proceeded to drive the pickup truck across the north ramp until two police cruisers cut him off. Undeterred, he doubled back and drove under the jet bridge of a Southwest aircraft that was boarding passengers, crashing into its nose gear, said Conahan. According to Southwest, there were approximately 18 passengers on board the Denver-bound Boeing 737 at the time of the incident. – READ MORE