On Saturday December 12, a man climbed into an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft wing in Las Vegas, Nevada. The man initially did some rituals by sitting on the wing and doing some antics there before he eventually decided to attempt climbing into the Boeing 737 winglet. He slipped and fell to the runway below hence smashing his head into concrete. He was then quickly arrested by the Las Vegas Airport police who were waiting for him (scroll to the bottom of the page to see the video).
The Boeing 737 aircraft was servicing Flight 1367 from Las Vegas McCarran Airport to Portland International Airport in Oregon. Due to the incidence, the aircraft turned around from the runway to the main gate for thorough inspection.
It is believed that the belligerent individual got into the runway by scaling the airport perimeter fence. Once inside the airport, he boarded the plane and then proceeded to climb into the wing via the emergence exit. It is unclear how he was able to board the plane without showing a valid boarding pass to the flight attendants.
First, the man did some sort of ritual, or something, and then he crouched and crawled along the wing, to avoid getting tased by the police who were on the runway below the wing.
Eventually police got onto the wing through the emergency exit, after boarding the plane. At this point the man tried to climb up the wingtip, thinking he’d somehow get away. The man ended up falling to the ground pretty hard with a loud thud. It is very likely that he got a concussion or something as his head bounced several times after hitting the runway concrete.
The Boeing 737 aircraft was delayed by more than four hours in Las Vegas as the pilots and airport ground crew did a thorough inspection of the aircraft to assess any damage inflicted on the plane before it can get airborne again.
For the man, after arrest, he was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital for medical evaluation due to injuries sustained from his fall from the aircraft wing. It is very likely that the man will be slapped with hefty fines, a jail term or both for his unauthorized scaling of airport fence, unauthorized boarding of a commercial aircraft and resisting arrest.
In response to the incidence, Alaska Airlines put out the following 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.
Below is the video of the man walking, and then sitting on the wing. The video also shows the man attempting to climb on to the winglet in order to avoid getting caught by the police. The man finds the wingtip to be slippery, hence he removes his shows and tosses them into the airport runway below. As he attempts to climb the wingtip, he losses his grip and then tumbles to the ground below hence smashing the back of his head to the concrete hard. Watch…