Feds Hit Airport Gate Crash Suspect With Endangerment Charge

Chadds Ford man could get up to 20 years behind bars if he is found guilty

By Dan Stamm and Teresa Masterson
|  Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012  |  Updated 1:04 PM EDT
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Federal Charges Filed for Driver On Runway

Kenneth Richard Mazik drove intoxicated onto the runway of the Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, police say.

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Police say an intoxicated 24-year-old Kenneth Mazik of Chadds Ford was behind the wheel of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that drove through Gate 25 and onto one of the main runways at Philadelphia International Airport, bringing air traffic to a stop.

Intoxicated Driver Speeds onto Airport Runway: Cops

Kenneth Richard Mazik was allegedly intoxicated when he drove his vehicle onto the runway at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday morning, authorities said. All inbound and outbound air traffic was stopped for a short period of time. Police say the driver will be charged with driving under the influence and reckless endangerment. NBC10's Marisa Brahney reports the details.
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The man who authorities say drove his SUV through a locked gate and onto the tarmac of Philadelphia International Airport earlier this year could face up to 20 years in prison after being federally charged with disrupting service and endangering airport safety.

Kenneth Mazik made national headlines March 1 when he allegedly drove his Jeep Grand Cherokee onto a runway at Philly International and towards plane traffic.

The U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger announced Tuesday that the 24-year-old Chadds Ford, Pa. man could face a prison sentence of 20 years, three years supervised release, restitution and up to a $250,000 fine if he is found guilty of disrupting services at the airport.

According to an affidavit, Mazik crashed his Jeep through a locked gate as an airplane approached for landing and then drove his vehicle at a high-rate of speed down an runway as a plane approached. The plan had to be diverted into a holding pattern, according to the U.S. Attorney.

The affidavit went on to allege "that Mazik continued to drive his Cherokee even after the Philadelphia Police began pursuing him. Finally, Mazik stopped on a taxiway adjacent to runway 27R. Mazik’s actions caused significant disruption to the operation and services of the airport and caused financial expense and losses."

Mazik was facing charges of DUI, criminal mischief and assault charges, among others, in the city of Philadelphia but the city dropped all of those charges so that federal authorities could take over the case.

The Chadds Ford man was set to undergo a mental evaluation and remains incarcerated.

Philadelphia Police say the 24-year-old was under the influence when he plowed his way through a gate and on to the runway forcing all inbound and outbound air traffic to screech to a halt at about 11 a.m. that Thursday.

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