Security breach at Massachusetts airport as man drives fuel truck near runway

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WORCESTER MA May 6 2019 – A 31-year-old Leominster man with apparent mental health issues was charged with causing a security breach at Worcester Regional Airport, after he allegedly scaled a fence, stepped over three rungs of barbed wire and drove a fuel truck onto an aircraft taxi area.

Laurence J. Murphy IV, of 600 Pennsylvania Ave., Apt. 407, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Worcester District Court to malicious destruction of property valued at more than $1,200, misdemeanor breaking and entering, using a motor vehicle without authority and trespassing.

Judge David B. Locke ordered Mr. Murphy released on personal recognizance, on the condition he stay away from the airport and comply with an evaluation made by the Veterans Administration. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for June 6.

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The security breach occurred just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, when state police received a report that someone had gained access to a 2016 Navistar fuel truck and driven it where airplanes taxi on and off active runways, the police report stated.

The Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs the airport, said: “Massport and the State Police have reviewed all security procedures and protocols at the airport. Security measures at Massport facilities are multi-layered and consistent with TSA regulations, and appropriately coordinated with other federal, state and local law enforcement partners. Safety and security is our top priority, and we remain confident that the facility is safe.”

An employee of the Rectrix Aerodome Center, a private company at the airport, told state police the suspect was inside a practice plane that was used for mock rescues by airport firefighting staff.

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State police Sgt. Jonathan D. Swift and Trooper Brenda Watts approached the window of the fuselage and tried to talk to Murphy, who smiled and fastened his seat belt, the report said.

At some point, Murphy moved to the cockpit and secured himself in the pilot seat. When state police tried to talk to Murphy he continued to smile.

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