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News - August 20, 2021

Terminals at John Wayne Airport Evacuated Due to ‘Security Incident’ – NBC Los Angeles

A security breach prompted evacuations Friday evening at three terminals at the John Wayne Airport and some flight delays in Orange County.

Terminals A, B, and C were the only areas that were evacuated, the main terminals were not affected.

The initial call came in about 5:30 p.m. about an incident that occurred outside of Terminal C, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s PIO, Carrie Braun.

An airport employee found a male subject on the airfield. The man apparently took control of a vehicle and drove it out on the airfield.

A man was arrested after causing a security breach at the John Wayne Airport in Orange County. Robert Kovacik reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on August 20, 2021. 

Emergency personal was notified, and an emergency response was activated.

The airport was locked down and evacuated and a search for the man was conducted, Braun said.

The suspect was described as an adult male wearing a white jumpsuit, blue shirt and baseball cap.

At 9:50 p.m. the suspect, who said his name was John, was taken into custody, after negotiating with his to come down from the ceiling.

Officials said, they discovered where he was hiding, after tiles from the ceiling began to fall. They stated they searched all over the airport, but they didn’t think to search the ceiling.

Newschopper4 was over the scene around 7:40 p.m. where multiple planes were seen at a standstill on the runway.

NBC4’s Robert Kovacik was present at John Wayne Airport where a man was in the ceiling, where officials were trying to negotiate with the man.

It was initially unclear if this man was the same man that caused the initial disruptions at the airport.

Airplanes were able to land but no planes were taking off.

Passengers reported being stuck inside their planes and airport for hours.

Passengers were going to be let out, but it was unclear if passengers would be able to board onto their flights.

At about 8:45 p.m. the airport tweeted that the terminals had reopened.

There was no immediate reports of any casualties or injuries.

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