Delco man charged in Philadelphia airport runway incident
PHILADELPHIA - June 19, 2012 (WPVI) -- A man accused of crashing through a fence at the Philadelphia airport and speeding down a runway has been formally charged by federal authorities with disrupting air traffic and endangering airport safety.
Authorities said 24-year-old Kenneth Mazik, of the Philadelphia suburb of Chadds Ford, drove his Jeep through a fence and drove down a runway at speeds of more than 100 mph before being surrounded and apprehended.
The incident on March 1 caused pilots and air-traffic controllers to scramble to avoid the vehicle, affecting dozens of aircraft.
In announcing the charges Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said Mazik faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
A call to Mazik's attorney was not immediately returned.
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