Crime & Justice

Man arrested after running onto LAX runway

Jets taxi after sunset at Los Angeles International Airport.
Jets taxi after sunset at Los Angeles International Airport.
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Authorities are investigating how a man made his way onto a runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

A man scaled a fence at LAX Saturday night and pulled a fire extinguisher from the wheel well of a Southwest Airlines plane.  
 
Eduardo Hernandez, 33, of Downey was taken into custody after a captain on a Southwest Airlines flight saw sprinting toward the plane.

Airport police took Hernandez into custody within minutes. They say he was under the influence of some kind of narcotic. He was treated at a hospital for a dog bite he suffered from a law enforcement canine while he was being arrested.

Jets land and take off on runways at Los Angels International Airport (LAX) on February 26, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
Jets land and take off on runways at Los Angels International Airport (LAX) on February 26, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
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"This is a very rare incident," says Rob Pedregon, a spokesman for the LAX police. "The airfield perimeter gates, our fence line, is very high. There's barbed wire on the top. It meets and exceeds the FAA specifications for an airfield perimeter fence line."

Hernandez was booked on charges of trespassing and felony vandalism. 
 
Passengers on the Southwest flight were moved to another plane and finally took off for Sacramento.