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Intruder runs onto runway at Los Angeles airport

August 28, 2018

This photo, taken by Chad Ridgley through the window of a Delta Airlines jet, shows Los Angeles Airport Police officers taking into custody a man authorities say jumped a fence and ran onto a runway at Los Angeles International Airport Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. Airport police Officer Rob Pedregon says the man was spotted running across the runway at about 1:40 p.m. near the Delta jet that was preparing to take off. Passenger Ridgely photographed the encounter and tweeted that the man started doing pushups before he was arrested. (Chad Ridgley via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police have arrested a man they say jumped a fence and ran onto a runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

Airport police Officer Rob Pedregon says the man was spotted running across the runway about 1:40 p.m. Monday near a Delta Airlines jet that was preparing to take off.

A passenger, Chad Ridgely, tweeted that the man started doing pushups before he was arrested.

Pedregon say the intruder is a middle-aged homeless man with mental health problems. The officer says he scaled a 10½-foot-tall perimeter fence topped with barbed wire with a concrete barrier at the base.

The runway was closed about 20 minutes, and the plane was given a mechanical check before it was allowed to depart.

The breach is being investigated.

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