Man breaches security at Worcester airport, takes fuel truck for drive on taxiway

A 31-year-old man has been charged with trespassing and malicious destruction of property, among other charges, after police say he breached security at Worcester Regional Airport in Massachusetts and drove a fuel truck across a taxiway.

The man, who was not named, reportedly gained access to the airfield sometime before 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Police responded and later found the man inside a fuselage shell used for firefighting training. He had tar smeared across his face and spoke “incoherently,” WFXT reported, citing a press release issued by Massachusetts State Police.

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Authorities do not believe he had malicious intent. Emergency medical personnel determined he was not a threat, and recommended a further mental health evaluation.

It is unclear how the man breached the airport perimeter, though a reporter for WCVD suggested he had hopped a fence. WFXT added that his car was found parked near an airport building, alongside a truck that the man is believed to have vandalized. Police also found a spilled bucket of tar near the truck.

A representative for Massport, which oversees Worcester Regional Airport, said the incident had "no operational impacts and the incident ended rather quickly," per a statement obtained by Fox News, but records obtained by WCVD indicate a JetBlue flight had arrived just prior to the incident and was in the midst of taxiing to the airport during the ordeal.

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The man was arrested and charged with trespassing, breaking and entering, destruction of property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was being held on a $1,000 bond.