Robert Bump: Man arrested after running onto Phoenix Sky Harbor tarmac
4:16 PM, Dec 26, 2013
PHOENIX - Police arrested 49-year-old Robert Bump who they say ran onto the tarmac Wednesday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
According to Phoenix police Officer James Holmes, the 49-year-old man jumped the fence near Terminal 3 around 5:30 p.m.
Airport security saw Bump running onto the tarmac and taxi-way, Holmes said.Crews then alerted a Southwest Airlines plane that had just landed and was stopped on the taxi-way.
As Bump approached the aircraft, the pilot of flight 1485 turned off the plane's engines. According to Holmes, Bump struck the engine of the aircraft with his hands.
Phoenix Police Airport Bureau officers got to the taxi-way and arrested the man. Holmes said the man showed indications of possible drug and alcohol impairment.
Southwest Airlines told ABC15 mechanics and other officials checked the plane for any damage. The plane from Atlanta was delayed from arriving at the gate for 40 minutes.
"The Captain and First Officer did exactly what they needed to do when they saw the person approaching the aircraft by shutting down the engines and stopping the aircraft on the taxiway," Southwest Airlines told ABC15.
Bump was booked on charges of entering a restricted area. Officials said at no time were passengers or aircraft in danger.
This is not the first time there has been an incident like this at Sky Harbor.