Man Runs Onto Airfield at O'Hare Airport | NBC Chicago

Man Runs Onto Airfield at O'Hare Airport



    Mario Hernandez

    A man caused a stir at O’Hare International Airport Saturday afternoon after he was spotted on the airfield.

    Chicago Police responded to the disturbance at O’Hare Airport around 3:15 p.m. for a man in an “unauthorized area of the airfield,” according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

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    The man was not armed and was taken into custody, Estrada said.

    “The incident had no impact on flight operations and posed no apparent threat to the traveling public,” Karen Pride, spokesperson for the Chicago Department of Aviation, said in a statement.

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    A witness on a flight from Chicago to Detroit said the man “jumped a perimeter fence and ran toward the plane.”

    “[Flight crews] said he jumped a fence, which is about a half-mile away,” said Mario Hernandez.

    Hernandez said the flight’s captain said the plane almost hit the man and that he “started waving” in front of the plane.

    Police could not confirm any details on the incident but said an investigation is ongoing.