A man gained unauthorized access to a military plane at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States on February 4, 2021. The man was unarmed and has been arrested.
After accessing the flightline and entering a C-40 aircraft assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing, the man was placed into the custody of the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office. The aircraft is used by high-ranking U.S. officials including the vice president and the secretary of defense.
Built in 1942 as Camp Springs Air Base, JBA is under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Air Force 316th Wing, Air Force District of Washington. Its current commander is Colonel Andrew M. Purath.
JBA 316th Wing vice wing commander Colonel Roy Oberhaus described the incident as a serious breach of security. On February 5, 2021, security changes were made at the U.S. military facility in Prince George’s County.
“The security of our installation is paramount,” WUSA9 quoted Oberhaus as saying. JBA “is investigating the incident to determine how this happened so it doesn’t happen again,” he added.
With the help of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, JBA security forces interviewed the man, whose name has yet to be released. There was no indication that he has links to extremists groups.
What the authorities found is that he is wanted in Virginia, USA and he has two prior warrants out for his arrest. The charges listed in both warrants are said to be relatively minor.
The man did not harm any personnel when he accessed a military aircraft in Prince George’s County. He was given a federal summons for tresspassing.