Investigation launched after woman jumps fence, runs onto runway at Halifax airport

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
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No charges are expected after a 37-year-old woman scaled the fence around the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and ran onto the airfield Sunday, say RCMP.

A passenger walks past the newer glass section of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. The domestic check-in area will be getting renovated to included an all glass facade similar to this one in the international section.

At 8:30 a.m., airport spokesman Peter Spurway said the woman was spotted by the control tower as she ran onto the tarmac after scaling a three-metre high barbed wire fence near the hanger line, away from the main terminal.

“It is a rare occurrence,” Spurway said Sunday afternoon.

A small aircraft was rerouted away from the woman, Spurway said, and she was never in danger “although the potential was definitely there.”

A car was brought over and the woman was apprehended and held until RCMP arrived, Spurway said.

The airport will investigate the incident and determine whether there’s anything needed to enhance security in the area, Spurway said.

RCMP spokesman Sgt. Alain LeBlanc said the woman was taken to hospital for medical assessment.

LeBlanc said the 37-year-old believed her partner was on an aircraft and was trying to stop it from taking off. RCMP learned her partner was not on any plane Sunday, LeBlanc said.

“This is extremely unusual. I have never heard of this in my many years of policing,” he said.

LeBlanc said charges are not expected.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Halifax

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