LOS ANGELES (CNN) — A man apparently scaled a fence at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday, running up to a plane and causing a temporary shut down, according to police.
It was believed the man may have been under the influence of narcotics when he ran onto the 24-left runway at LAX — the most northern of the airport’s four — LAX police officer Rob Pedregon told CNN.
A pilot spotted the man and the passengers on his plane had to be transferred to another aircraft, Pedregon said.
“We had a temporary shutdown for the 24-left and right runways; and it was a minor shutdown,” he said.
The man is expected to face charges including trespassing, he said.
According to the FAA, LAX is the United States’ second-busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers. More than 80.9 million passengers passed through the transport hub in 2016.
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