LOS ANGELES (CBSLA)  A security breach was reported at LAX Saturday evening with reports of a shirtless man on the runway.

CBS2’s Laurie Perez reported from the airport where she said things were tense.

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“It was unclear how or where the man got access to the runway,” she reported.

When she arrived at 9 p.m., there was “a long line of police cars” lining a fence along the Westchester Parkway.

LAPD, LAX Police and TSA quickly converged.

The security breach happened just after 8 p.m., police said.

The LAPD said a Southwest pilot was the one who reported the man on the runway and called them immediately.

Police said the man apparently scaled a fence with barbed wire on top. He was on the runway briefly but was able to make his way to the landing gear of a plane loaded with passengers bound for Sacramento.

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The man — described as shirtless and in shorts — was able to get his hands on a fire extinguisher, officials said.

“So the captain is on [runway] 24Left,” says LA Airport Police Spokesperson Rob  Pedregon, “and he’s about to power up. And he sees a shadow. And immediately an alarm goes off. And with a camera they have on board, they’re able to see this individual just running back towards the fence line.”

Passengers were taken off the plane and put on a new flight as a precaution.

The man was under the influence, police said and “possibly” mentally ill.

The suspect was taken to hospital for a dog bite. A K-9 officer took the suspect down, police said.

He will be charged with trespassing and felony vandalism.


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