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Scantily clad woman disrupts Florence air service

February 11, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Air service into and out of Florence Regional Airport was disrupted at midday Sunday for a few hours after a scantily clad woman trespassed onto the airport’s grounds.

The airport was closed for a search for approximately 2½ hours, said Lee Marsh, a Florence Regional Airport Public Safety officer.

During that time, an American Airlines flight from Charlotte was sent back to Charlotte and then canceled, and that jet’s return trip from Florence to Charlotte also was canceled.

The incident started Sunday morning when someone outside the airport grounds witnessed a woman on the grounds and notified the airport’s public safety office.

The airport’s public safety office called the Florence County Sheriff’s Office for help.

“Around noon deputies received a report that a naked female was spotted walking on to the wooded premises of the Florence Regional Airport,” said Maj. Mike Nunn with the sheriff’s office. “The FCSO Canine Tracking Team was deployed and the female was located a short time thereafter. The female was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.”

The woman was wearing underwear but nothing more, Marsh said.

“That’s as naked as I wanted to see,” he said.

The airport was shut down during the search, Marsh said.

The fight from Charlotte circled the Florence airport once or twice before it returned to Charlotte, Marsh said.

“We couldn’t land flights until it was all clear,” he said.

The Florence-bound flight was scheduled to arrive at 11:55 a.m. The jet was scheduled to depart for Charlotte approximately 40 minutes later.

Dogs with the canine unit found the woman in a storm ditch on the airport’s grounds, Marsh said.

Marsh said he has worked for the airport’s public safety office for seven months.

“This is one for the books,” he said.

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