(WESH) – A student pilot at the Florida Institute of Technology is in custody after he allegedly hopped a fence at Orlando Melbourne International Airport and boarded an American Airlines jet that was parked in a maintenance area.
The 22-year-old student has been charged with criminal attempt to steal an airplane, a visa violation and criminal trespassing.
His name hasn’t been released.
The student drove to the curb outside the airport around 2 a.m. Thursday, left his car running, hopped a fence and boarded the plane, airport spokeswoman Lori Booker said.
A maintenance worker spotted him and police took him into custody a couple of minutes later.
Booker said officials conducted a sweep of the airfield before re-opening the airport.
In addition, all employees and passengers were removed from the terminal during the incident.
It caused two flight delays and interrupted airport operations for about five hours.