A man was arrested after he was seen walking the wing of an airplane just before takeoff in Las VegasDecember 13, 2020
- An unidentified man was arrested by local police after he walked on the wing of an Alaska Airlines plane at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, KSNV-TV reported.
- The pilot saw the man and warned the control tower before the plane departed to Portland, according to CNN.
- In one video of the incident posted on Twitter, the man is seen kicking off his shoes and trying to climb the wing of the plane.
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A man who was seen walking, climbing, and taking off his shoes on the wing of an airplane at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas was arrested by local police on Saturday.
The incident occurred just after 1:30 PM on Saturday, KSNV-TV reported. The Alaska Airlines flight was set to take off for Portland, Oregon, when the unidentified man was seen on the wing of the plane by the pilot, who then warned the control tower, CNN reported.
Footage of the incident posted online shows the man sitting in the middle of the plane's wing. Another video shows the man as kicked off his shoes and tried to go up the winglet—end of the wing— of the plane. In the video, passengers reacted when the man's climbing attempt failed and he fell hard off the wing of the plane.
A spokesperson for the airport told NBC News that the man was arrested and taken to a "medical facility" for treatment.
"Law enforcement was dispatched and able to apprehend the individual," Alaska Airlines told NBC News. "Our guests and employees are safe and we are working with law enforcement. The plane returned to the gate for a full inspection."
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating the incident, KSNV-TV reported.
Alaska Airlines and Las Vegas police did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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