Student pilot breaches commercial jet at Florida airport

Airport closes after security breach

By Peter Burke

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A student pilot made unauthorized access to a commercial jet early Thursday at Orlando Melbourne International Airport, prompting officials to close the airport, authorities said.

The incident took place in a maintenance area of the airport in Melbourne.

Airport spokeswoman Lori Booker said the 26-year-old man parked his car curbside, with the engine still on, jumped a fence and boarded an American Airlines plane that was out of service. Booker said an airport worker saw the man get on the plane and called police.

Melbourne police took the man into custody.

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