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November 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Man breaks through Sea-Tac security and runs onto plane

A man in his late 20s managed to break through a security checkpoint at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Friday night and run all the way into an unoccupied airplane.

Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper said the man, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs, ran through a security checkpoint and down Concourse D at about 8:30 p.m. While police and Transportation Security Administration officers chased him, he managed to run to an airplane ramp area.

The man broke the window of a code-locked door to enter the jetway and then ran into an unoccupied American Airlines plane. Officers, who he assaulted, struggled to subdue him in the plane but were able to take him into custody.

Cooper said the man was taken to King County Jail for investigation of trespassing and assaulting an officer.

Because the incident happened so fast and officers were able to take him into custody, no part of the airport had to be shut down, Cooper said.

Canine units were used to make sure the man had not planted any harmful devices anywhere in the airport or plane, he said.

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